Holland and Barrett, the UK-based chain of health stores, has released their own brand of Matcha Tea capsules. Below we take an in-depth look to see how effective this product is at aiding weight loss and boosting general health.
Matcha Tea is a type of green tea that uses the whole leaf, steamed, dried and ground to make a powder, rather than using an infusion like normal green tea. It is also grown differently to other green teas, being kept in the shade for two weeks before picking. These differences mean that it has significantly higher levels of key active compounds and antioxidants.
There are numerous suppliers of Matcha tea, in both drinkable form and in the form of capsule supplements. Holland and Barrett, a UK based health and supplement retailer, not only sell a selection of these products from other manufacturers, but have also introduced their own Matcha Tea capsules.
Take two capsules one to three times daily, preferably with meals.
Do not exceed stated dose.
Holland and Barrett stores are located across the UK, and the company also has a strong presence online. Customers can talk to a member of staff in store, or contact the company using the details provided on the official website.
Matcha tea can be very bitter unless sweetened, and so not everyone will like the taste. This is when a supplement of Matcha Tea will benefit the consumer most, as they do not have to taste the product when it comes in a capsule.
According to the Holland and Barrett website, their Matcha Tea Capsules have the following benefits:
The reported benefits of Matcha Tea in general are increased energy levels, a feeling of relaxation and calm without drowsiness, mental clarity, increased thermogenesis in the body, weight loss, and a decreased risk of some cancers thanks to the high antioxidant count.
The sole ingredient in Holland and Barrett Matcha Tea is Matcha green tea powder, with each capsule containing 500 mg.
Matcha tea is a type of green tea that is grown in the shade to increase chlorophyll production. After picking it is steamed lightly to prevent fermentation, and then the leaves are stone ground into a powder. The powder is whisked with hot water to make Matcha tea. This whole process preserves high levels of antioxidants in the product. In the case of Holland and Barrett Matcha tea, the product can be taken in capsules, as it is provided, or the capsules can be opened to use the Matcha tea within, either as a part of drinks, smoothies and as a part of other savoury recipes.
There are three parts of Matcha tea that are interesting from a dieter’s perspective: Caffeine, Theanine and catechins such as EGCG. Because of the manufacturing process and the use of the whole tea leaf rather than just an infusion in water, the amounts of caffeine, theanine and catechins including EGGC found in Matcha tea are significantly higher than found in other green teas.
Matcha tea is a promising alternative to traditional green tea; thanks to the way Matcha is manufactured, it is contains a much higher level of the active compounds that make green tea beneficial to health and useful for aiding weight loss.
Whilst it is unclear how much more weight consumers could lose from upgrading from green tea to matcha tea, there is definitely a greater potential for weight loss. The quantity of caffeine per capsule of Holland and Barrett Matcha Tea is only 25 mg, although when taking 6 capsules per day this is obviously more significant. However this is still less caffeine than is found in two cups of coffee.
It is unclear whether taking a Matcha Tea supplement has any advantages over drinking matcha, other than it being a suitable alternative for consumers who dislike the taste.
Holland and Barrett do not warn consumers about any particular side effects, but merely instruct customers to not exceed the stated dose, and states that the product contains caffeine.
Two capsules contain 50 mg of caffeine, four capsules contain 100 mg of caffeine, and the maximum daily dose of 6 capsules contains a total of 150 mg of caffeine.
Caffeine can cause side effects such as headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness, and insomnia.
However, there are some who think that Matcha tea does not cause as many side effects as other teas or sources of caffeine, due to the presence of Theanine. Theanine causes a state of relaxation without drowsiness, and may help to counteract some of the potential side effects of caffeine, such as jitteriness. Consumers should still ensure that they do not take this supplement or any other source of caffeine within 5 hours of bedtime, as caffeine can interfere with sleep cycles.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Not suitable for those who are sensitive to caffeine.
Not suitable for those under the age of 18.
There is currently only one customer review for Holland and Barrett Matcha Tea:
Love matcha green tea usually buy in powder form and make it with water. This is so much easier and get the same benefits and its cheaper than what I usually pay!!
The above review does not really discuss what benefits the consumer noticed, only that using the capsules was easier and cheaper than buying the tea in powder form.
Based upon the customer review alone, it is difficult to establish just what effects Holland and Barrett Matcha Tea has on the consumer. It is also difficult to establish the quality of the tea used in these capsules; there are many tea aficionados who state that the quality of Matcha tea can vary immensely, and that it does make a difference to both the taste and the nutritional and health benefits of the tea.
However, Matcha tea in general does contain a high quantity of anti-oxidants, especially EGCG, which is known to increase thermogenesis and through that method, aid weight loss.
In theory, matcha tea will be a better weight loss option than green tea, when both are consumed as a beverage, as it contains much higher levels of these thermogenic boosting components. There does not seem to be any information available about the differing antioxidant levels between the two products as a supplement.
Whilst we can suppose that matcha tea is more effective than green tea, it is also likely that this product is not as effective as a strong multi-ingredient diet pill.
Holland and Barrett Matcha Tea is available exclusively from Holland and Barrett, a health store based in the UK. It is sold both at their website and at selected stores, although availability may vary.
On the Holland and Barrett website, a bottle of Holland and Barrett own brand Matcha Tea costs £16.99, plus delivery charges. Each bottle contains 100 capsules, and so consumers taking the maximum daily dose will use a single bottle in 17 days.
Obviously, taking a lower dose will make the bottle last longer. International delivery is available. UK customers are offered free delivery on purchases over £20, with standard delivery costing £1.99 on smaller purchases.
Holland and Barrett do not offer a money back guarantee on their products. Customers who purchase in store will have the returns terms and conditions detailed on their receipt. Customers who purchase through the official website can only return unopened, faulty products.
They need to contact the company through the details provided on the official website, and then send the product to the returns address, also provided on the official website.
For consumers who are interested in the health benefits of Matcha Tea, we recommend trying Matcha Tea as a drink, replacing a high calorie drink each day. Considering that the whole powdered leaf goes into both a matcha tea supplement and a cup of matcha tea, taking a supplement has little benefit over the beverage, unless the consumer does not like the taste.
Matcha tea is rich in anti-oxidants, especially EGCG, which will increase thermogenesis in the body. The amount found in Matcha tea is much greater than regular infused green tea, and so the effects will be greater and more noticeable. Matcha tea also contains theanine, which promotes relaxation without drowsiness. Matcha fans describe this mixture of caffeine and theanine as an alert calm, ideal for maintaining focus throughout the day.
As for the Holland and Barrett Matcha tea, we do have some concerns. There is no assurance of the quality of the matcha tea used in the product, and no feedback about the quantity of antioxidants and EGCG that are contained in this particular blend. This makes it difficult to directly compare this product to similar products from other companies. There is also no money back guarantee available, and only faulty items can be returned.
The product requires consumers to take as many as six capsules per day, which can be difficult to maintain, especially for those with a hectic lifestyle.
Overall, Matcha Tea, when consumed as a beverage, seems to be a promising addition to a person’s weight loss arsenal. However, we do not recommend Holland and Barrett Matcha Tea capsules; consumers would be better off either choosing a multi-ingredient diet pill with a good reputation, or drinking Matcha tea as a beverage, not as a supplement.
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