December 18, 2019
The popularity of matcha has crossed borders in recent years, reaching the position as one of the Asian concoctions with more benefits for beauty and health, such as acne-fighting and promoting the rejuvenation of skin cells. Matcha is simply a spray of Asian green tea, characterized by having a large number of antioxidants and favorable components such as zinc, vitamin K and manganese.
Its intake – like tea or accompaniment of another drink – not only stimulates relaxation of the body but also generates a greater metabolism of fat in the body, thanks to the theine. Ana Loayza, Cosmetologist at the Center for Alternative Therapy and Anti-Aging, also rescues other properties: “Matcha tea is also rich in catechins, a family of antioxidants that blocks the action of free radicals (elements that our body produces and have toxic action). By blocking them, it slows down the aging and deterioration of cells, in addition to protecting cell membranes.”
On the other hand, Karyn Reyna, Nutritionist at Clínica Ricardo Palma, emphasizes that although it helps the body to digest fat, this should not lead to its consumption in large quantities: “Matcha tea is a drink that should not be consumed all day, as it could lead to liver toxicity. It is highly important to consider this information and not fall into it, as many increase their doses in order to lose fat quickly.”
With regard to beauty rituals, matcha powder can be used as a mask to recompose the cellular damage caused by the pimples on the skin. In addition, it reduces inflammation in the area of bags under the eyes and improves circulation in the eye area, thanks to its high content of vitamin K. For the hair, apply the infusion of matcha with gentle massages after washing: it will help in fat reduction and dandruff reduction.
Like matcha, there are more functional drinks with favorable qualities for the well-being of the body. For example, the consumption of water with lemon is still very popular today, since its alkaline action promotes healthy digestion and prevents oxidation. On the other hand, the infusion of turmeric stands out for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the infusion of muña helps the healing of the digestive tract. “Other options are the infusion of artichoke leaves as a diuretic or the infusion of ginger for its lipolytic action. The important thing is to take one at a time or two active ingredients together”, recommends the Cosmetologist Ana Loayza.
Lic. Karyn Reyna
Nutritionist at Clínica Ricardo Palma