In a show segment that aired January 14, Dr. Oz asked his TV audience: “What if you could boost your immunity, control your stress and lose weight with one simple drink?” His guest, Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, explained how you can do this with matcha. A matcha tea taste test received an overwhelming thumbs up from the studio audience.
Calling matcha “the champagne of green tea”, Kilham explained that it is made by grinding the young, tender tea leaves by hand into a fine powder. Matcha contains about 30 mg of caffeine per cup, as well as L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes tranquility. The result is a pleasant, peaceful and alert effect.
While Oz was excited about matcha containing about three times more beneficial polyphenols than regular green tea – enhancing its ability to support immune function and reduce cardiovascular disease risk – he was as enthusiastic about revealing that matcha also works as a fat blocker.
Oz explained that matcha blocks the ability of digestive enzymes break down fat, a step necessary for fat to enter our cells. So instead of absorbing and storing the fat, it gets passed through the body.
Matcha tea is made by placing a teaspoon of powder into a bowl, stirring in boiling water, then whisking it for about one minute. Kilham and Oz recommended two cups of matcha tea daily to get its health benefits. If you don’t want to drink matcha as a tea, the powder can also be blended into smoothies and used in other recipes. Matcha, as well as the functional components that Dr. Oz called out, including the L-theanine, are easily available as a supplements under the Sunphenon and Suntheanine brands as well.
Of course, it was the suggestion of matcha gimlet that made Oz smile.