Top 5 Health Benefits of Matcha

Find out why the popular green tea known as Matcha deserves it’s moment in the spotlight.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Matcha

It seems like you can't check your social media accounts lately without seeing the telltale bright green color of matcha-infused lattes, cakes, and smoothies. Luckily, matcha is just as healthy as it is eye-catching. Here are the five definitive health benefits you can look forward to when sipping regularly.

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Anti-Aging Power

Matcha powder has more antioxidants than many other popular health foods like blueberries, leafy greens, and nuts. Since matcha is a powder made from ground up tea leaves, the antioxidants are not only more prevalent but also more concentrated, which makes a big difference when it comes to the anti-aging benefits.

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High Blood Pressure: Why You Shouldn't Ignore This Silent Killer | Rounds With Dr. E

About one in five people have high blood pressure and they don't even know it

For those of you who love murder mysteries, there just may be a silent killer wreaking havoc inside of you. Untreated hypertension, or high blood pressure, can go undetected for a long period of time, mainly because most people with elevated blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. In fact, about one in five people with high blood pressure are walking around unaware that they even have high blood pressure. Left untreated, hypertension can place you at a significantly increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms tearing open, heart failure, kidney failure, blockages in your legs, dementia, vision problems including blindness, and sexual dysfunction (I bet that last one got some of your attention).

How to Read Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers. The top number, called the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart contracts. The bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart relaxes. Both numbers are important and should be monitored. As people age, both numbers tend to increase, mainly due to increased stiffness in large vessels. Frighteningly, many studies have demonstrated that just a 20 mm Hg (units used for blood pressure) increase in the systolic number, or a 10 mm Hg increase in the diastolic number, doubles one's risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

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