Matcha Lemonade

Who wants a beverage that is refreshing and packed with nutrients!? This matcha lemonade is a great mix of earthy and tart flavors that will have your taste buds singing! Matcha is a great additive into your daily routine as it is packed with polyphenols, amino acids, theanine, proanthocyanidins, and caffeine. So ditch the coffee and grab a matcha, you won’t regret it 😉

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Camellia sinensis (Green Tea = Matcha)

Green tea has been used for thousands of years in Asia as it helps to promote longevity, improves mental function, and prevent disease. Green tea contains a constituent called EGCG, which is a polyphenol that has a potent antioxidant function. Antioxidants function to scavenge free radicles + promote detoxification.

Medical actions of green tea include:

  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-cancer
  • Antioxidant
  • Neuroprotective
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Cardiotonic

Green tea has been shown to:

  • Help decrease memory loss in individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Reduce the signs and symptoms associated with photoaging
  • Have anti-cancer and cancer preventative effects
  • Helps to increase autophagy to remove cellular debris making it helpful for cardiomyopathies and cancer
  • Helps to improve cognition and brain function due to caffeine acting as a stimulant
  • Increase metabolism and boost fat burning to aid in weight loss
  • Improve insulin sensitivity and help regulate blood sugar levels
  • Reduces levels of LDL and cholesterol and prevent oxidation of LDL = decrease risk of atherosclerosis

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Macha Lemonade
 
Barefoot Brit:
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 C boiling water
  • ½ tsp matcha
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 C filtered water (cold)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices
Instructions
  1. Combined boiling water and matcha in a blender -- mix for 1 min
  2. Place in the fridge allowing it to chill (1h)
  3. Put the matcha mixture back in the blender and add lemon juice and maple syrup
  4. Blend for 1 min
  5. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge
  6. ENJOY!

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FC1110A3-865C-4231-8F39-63395DBF4634References:

Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine. Rochester, VT. Healing Arts Press.

Marciano, M. & Vizniak, N. (2018). Botanical Medicine. Canada. Professional Health Systems Inc.

Prasanth, M., Sivamaruthi, B., Chaiyasut, C., & Tencomnao, T. (2019). A review of the role of green tea (camellia sinensis) in antiphotoaging, stress resistance, neuroprotection, and autophagy. Nutrients, 11(2), 474. doi:10.3390/nu11020474

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