A Match-a Made In Heaven! Meet Enhanced Collagen Vitality
Chelan Wilkins, RHN
Updated on July 10, 2020.
Introducing a lively member of our Collagen family, Enhanced Collagen Vitality! Collagen Vitality is the envy of our collagen family, packed full of powerful antioxidants, energy and mood-boosting constituents and an amino-rich functional food benefiting not only your exterior features (hair, skin, nails) but also your digestion, immunity and overall health. So what makes our latest Collagen product so amazing? Matcha – that's right, we added the potent antioxidant-rich powerhouse matcha to our collagen and here are a few of the reasons why!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely-ground green tea powder, originating in East Asia. Green tea is known to come from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, which is a shrub that is natively grown in Southern China. Due to its lack of processing, green tea is one of the most nutrient-dense teas on the market! Well-known for its incredible ability to calm and stimulate our mind at the same time, Matcha is also packed with antioxidants – more than any other source of food!
Matcha tea goes through a specific process to ensure its colour and potency. Matcha leaves are shaded at the end of the growth cycle to reduce sun exposure and to increase chlorophyll content. A known powerhouse detoxifier, Chlorophyll is what gives the leaves their dark rich green colour.
An amazing source of antioxidants
Along with being chlorophyll-rich, Matcha is loaded with antioxidants such as EGCG, which are known to help counteract the effects of free radicals in the body, help prevent cell & DNA damage from toxins, radiation and even pollution in our body.
Antioxidants play a huge role in binding to the free radicals in our body and help restore our well being and balance. Another great benefit of Matcha and its high level of EGCG is its unique effect on our metabolism. Many weight loss supplements contain EGCG for its potent effect on boosting our metabolism.
Unlike some supplements on the market that can cause an increase in your blood pressure or affect your adrenal glands from high amounts of caffeine, Matcha doesn't over-stimulate the body, by-passing the typical negative effects of caffeine. This is thanks to the presence of L-theanine.
Caffeine and theanine: striking a balance
Matcha is known to contain L-Theanine, an amino acid that acts as a natural "stress reducer" within the body. The role of this amino acid in our body is to promote a feeling of relaxation and calmness, while helping reduce the levels of cortisol (our stress hormone).
L-Theanine has been shown to increase moods, help with concentration as well as improve memory – all things that can be affected when we are under high amounts of stress.
Even though Matcha naturally contains caffeine (around 32.5 mg per gram, or 1/3 of the caffeine found in a cup of brewed coffee), it affects our body in a non-stimulating way. Matcha has been shown to produce a much longer and more sustained amount of energy than other drinks that naturally contain caffeine and won't cause jitters or leave you with a crash in energy. The amino acid L-Theanine also plays a role in this.
What are the benefits of matcha and collagen?
Besides Matcha's amazing natural energy and antioxidant-rich properties, it is also a great of vitamins A, B, C, E and K. It naturally contains trace minerals essential for healthy skin, a strong immune system and an increased metabolism. It sounds like a superfood, doesn't it? Well, Matcha comes close and pairing with Collagen makes it even better!
As you may know, collagen is essential for healthy, glowing skin as well as healthy joints. It also plays a considerable role in our digestive health and immunity. Collagen has come a long way since just being used for beauty purposes; Collagen is a staple in many peoples health regime, mine included.
The combination of Enhanced Collagen and Matcha seems so perfect! A nutrient-rich combination of protein, skin enhancing vitamins and antioxidants that leaves you feeling enhanced, focused and energized through the day.
A natural addition to your health routine, Enhanced Collagen Vitality can be added to your smoothies, energy balls or used to create your very own coconut collagen matcha in the morning! For more amazing collagen recipes, check out the Everything Collagen section on our blog and follow us on social media @organikahealth!