I admit that I am late to the party but, MATCHA?! There are so many health benefits to super beverage. One of the reasons it is superior to ordinary green tea is that matcha is the whole tea leaf ground into a powder. The fact that it is the entire leaf means it has a higher concentration of EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant. This makes matcha an especially wise option for women trying to conceive because it reduces the formation of free radicals because of the catechins (like EGCG) it contains and, as a result, helps to protect the DNA of our cells which means it is protecting egg supply. It has also been stated that green tea may be effective in reducing sperm abnormalities so it is a great choice for men who are trying to improve their fertility as well. Not to mention it still has some caffeine (about 25-50% less caffeine than coffee or espresso) which makes it a nice substitute for those who can't live without their daily dose. According to Mayo Clinic, caffeine intake under 200 mg/day has no apparent effect on fertility which means limiting caffeine intake to one to two 6 to 8 ounce cups per day is advised. In addition, limiting caffeine has been shown to decrease the chance of early pregnancy loss. When selecting matcha keep in mind that high-grade matcha has the best flavor and bright green matcha is the freshest and has not lost its valuable properties. I recommend enjoying it as a latte with your favorite nut milk. Cheers!

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