Matcha is a type of green tea that originated in China and Japan. The first record of its use was in the 10th century, during the Song dynasty; however it became popular in the past decade or so as an ingredient for tea lattes.
Matcha is made from specially grown Japanese green tea leaves, which are ground into a fine powder before being whisked with hot water to produce a bright greenish-yellow liquid (it also has more caffeine than traditional brewed green teas).
While many people enjoy drinking this beverage because they believe matcha contains antioxidants, some studies have shown that matcha can also act as a laxative.
Why? Matcha contains a large amount of green tea leaves in relation to the volume of water. This means that the tannins are more concentrated and can lead to laxative effects.
Most importantly, if you suffer from diarrhea or other bowel conditions then it is recommended not to drink your usual dose of matcha because it could worsen these symptoms.
However, for most healthy adults who don’t have gastrointestinal issues, one cup per day poses no health risks with regards to potential laxative action; moreover there may even be some additional benefits like higher levels – an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate is believed to be the cause of this effect.
An additional benefit of matcha green tea powder includes that it may provide a temporary boost in metabolism due to its caffeine content, which can also help with weight loss efforts.
Matcha’s benefits don’t end there; research suggests that drinking regular cups of this beverage can lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol concentrations – both important factors for those who are at risk from cardiovascular disease or stroke. Furthermore, studies have found matcha drinkers tend to experience improved brain function and mood stability too!
Lastly, when you drink Matcha Tea vs other types such as black or oolong teas (which contain less nutrients than Match), then not only are you consuming more nutrients but also getting a higher concentration of those nutrients.
Is Matcha A Laxative?
However, technically speaking, Matcha isn’t drug and do not falls into category of laxatives. If you experience regular constipation Matcha tea or powder won’t help you as regular laxatives and you better visit your doctor for more information.