People who love powder should try a dose of matcha, a new study finds.
The results could mean the first randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the powder’s benefits to help people with diabetes get back on their feet, says Robert Hwang, a nutritionist and a professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.
The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It is unclear how the powder might help people who have diabetes.
In the past, people have used powdered food products to treat symptoms of the disease.
However, the new study found that people taking the powder had less inflammation, a biomarker for diabetes, and less weight gain than those who did not take the powder, the authors said.
The researchers used data from a large, randomized clinical trial in Japan, and found that those taking matcha in a powder had significantly lower blood pressure and cholesterol than those taking no powder.
Matcha powder also had significant effects on blood sugar and insulin levels.
The study found a reduction in the risk of death and type 2 diabetes among people who took matcha supplements.
“The benefits are so great, it would be a miracle,” said Dr. Hwang.
“If you’re taking a supplement, you should do it.”
The results suggest that a low-dose matcha supplement may help people keep their blood sugar down and maintain normal weight, he said.
“This study really tells us that a lot of people who are trying to lose weight and maintain their health are using powdered matcha,” said Andrew Weitzman, a professor and chief of the division of nutritional sciences at the Icahn School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Mount Sinai School of Dentistry in New York.
“And it’s the right choice.
We really think this is the first study to show that the matcha extract actually helps people maintain their weight and manage their blood pressure.”
The researchers found that the powdered matchas also had a significant effect on blood pressure, a marker of diabetes.
They also showed that the powder helped control insulin, a key biomarker of diabetes, a significant improvement over placebo.
The latest findings are likely to lead to further trials, said Dr David Ludwig, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Minnesota.
It could be that people take matcha as part of a healthy lifestyle and the supplements might have beneficial effects, he added.
But because it was a randomized, double-blind trial, the results must be confirmed by a larger study.
“We don’t know if the results hold up in larger studies,” Ludwig said.
People who use powdered matchacos or matcha-containing products should keep their dosage to one teaspoon a day, he wrote in an e-mail.
Matchacos and matcha powders contain similar amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin D, and fiber.
People should also check their calcium and magnesium levels.
If they have any problems, check with your doctor, Ludwig said in an email.
People also need to remember to take their vitamin supplements at the right time of day, Ludwig advised.
If you have diabetes, it is best to avoid using matcha or powdered matchan supplements.
If you do use them, you need to follow the directions carefully, Ludwig wrote.