Matche is a division of The Sicilian Olive Leaf Tea Company. Our teas are curated from century old olives trees located in the mountains of Sicily, Italy. Handpicked, sun dried and brewed into tea that is overflowing with flavor filled antioxidants. Matche is Italian born and internationally loved.
Hydroxytyrosol is a component of olive leaf tea. It is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature.
Matche has up to ten times the antioxidants that is present in green tea!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MATCHE
Olive leaf extract vs Olive Leaf Tea. What is the difference?
Olive leaf extract is created by submerging olive leaves in either alcohol or glycerine for 4 to 6 weeks and agitating the leaves daily. The leaves are strained out of the mixture and the liquid is added to bottles for consumption. This may be repeated several times with the same leaves. It is also important that there are no herbicides or fungicides on the leaves during this process as they will accumulate in the olive leaf extract. It is also important to understand what solvent is being used, generally alcohol or glycerine is used but there are 8 major solvents utilized around the world: water, ethanol, methanol, acetone, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate.
Matche is an OLIVE LEAF TEA. It is handpicked, sun dried and then ground into a powder. There is no added ingredient and there are no chemicals or additives used in the making of Matche. In addition, our trees are dry-farmed and zero pesticides are used. Another huge difference between an olive leaf extract versus a powdered olive leaf tea like Matche, is that with the powdered olive leaf tea you are consuming the entire leaf and getting all of the nutrients no matter what type of solubility they have, chemical free.
For more information and a look at the research please visit our olive leaf tea research page.
Olive leaf tea, what are the health benefits?
The potential benefits of olive leaf tea powder, which is a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties, may include:
- gastroprotective (protects digestive system)
- neuroprotective (protects central nervous system)
- antimicrobial (inhibits microorganism growth)
- anticancer (reduces risk of cancer)
- anti-inflammatory (reduces risk of inflammation)
- antinociceptive (reduces pain stimuli)
- antioxidant (prevents oxidation or cell damage)
These properties mean that olive leaf tea may help with weight loss, heart health, and herpes breakouts but the science is still relatively new and no outcome can be guaranteed.
Matche, is an organic olive leaf tea harvested in Italy and manufactured in the USA, which powders the leaves of an olive plant. It contains an active ingredient called oleuropein. This nutrient is thought to contribute to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
You may have heard how a Mediterranean diet has been linked to a decrease in chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. This is thought to be due to the focus on olive oil, leaves, and fruit in the diet. It’s been used as traditional medicine for centuries in countries like Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Here’s what research says about the biggest reported benefits of olive leaf tea.
Protects the brain against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Oleuropein is also shown to have a protection against Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidant effects may also help with preventing damage or loss of dopamine neurons that’s associated with Parkinson’s disease as well.
Improves heart health
Researchers believe premium olive leaf tea powder can have positive effects on atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which is the highest risk factor for heart disease. High levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and total cholesterol are risk factors for developing this disease. One animal study from 2015 assessed the effects on cholesterol levels. Rats who took the tea for eight weeks had significantly decreased cholesterol levels.
Lowers blood pressure
Pure olive leaf tea powder from the USA may help lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. A 2017 study found that it successfully lowered blood pressure. A lower blood pressure can reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Treats type 2 diabetes
A review of olive leaf tea from fresh leaves and type 2 diabetes found that olive leaf oil tea can help improve insulin secretion in cells. Animal studies have shown that it may:
- reduce hyperglycemia
- reduce hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin in the blood)
- reduce blood glucose, plasma malondialdehyde, and other signs of oxidative stress (an imbalance of free radicals that can harm the body)
- reduce cholesterol
- decrease serum glucose
- increase serum insulin
However, more studies testing on humans are needed. One human study found that people who took it lowered their average blood sugar level and fasting plasma insulin levels. However, insulin levels after eating weren’t significantly affected.
Supports weight management
Along with heart-healthy benefits and type 2 diabetes protection, it makes sense that olive leaf powder could also help with weight loss. An animal study from 2014 researched the effect of it in preventing high-fat, diet-induced obesity. It’s thought that it prevents obesity by regulating the expression of genes that affect weight gain. It can also aid in reducing food intake.
Reduces cancer risk
In one cell study, product from an olive leaf tea company in the usa were shown to stop cancerous cell growth. Researchers suggest that the tea has strong antioxidant properties, but this is also one of the first studies on it and their anticancer effects. More research is needed to prove this benefit.
For more information and a look at the research please visit our olive leaf tea research page.
What is olive leaf tea good for?
Olive leaf tea, especially powdered olive leaf tea may have several potential health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help prevent weight gain, protect against heart disease, help protect against some cancers and decrease someone’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The olive leaves contain high amounts of polyphenols, most importantly oleacein, oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol.
See the Research page for more specific information on the mechanisms for these potential health benefits.
Does Matche (or any olive leaf tea) have caffeine?
No. Matche does not have any caffeine, which is welcome news to people who are trying to go caffeine free but still want flavor and those who are sensitive to the effects of caffeine. This also means it is an excellent choice of beverage before going to sleep.
Why should I use Matche versus an extract?
There are several reasons why Matche is superior to extracts. The most important reason is taste. Matche is a powdered olive leaf tea that was designed to be enjoyed like any other cup of tea. Almost as important is what goes into Matche, which is 100% powdered olive leaves from Sicily, Italy. Our 100+ year old olive trees have developed antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols to protect itself against the intense Sicilian summer sun, chilly Mediterranean winters and drought. With an extract you may not be getting those additional benefits.
Is olive leaf tea good for the lungs?
At least one study has found that orally consuming oleuropein from powdered olive leaves reduced the airway influx of eosinophils and lymphocytes as well as IL-4 secretion in lung promoted by OVA inhalation or CS. In addition, oleuropein suppressed infiltration of macrophages and neutrophils through blocking OVA inhalation- and CS-promoted induction of ICAM-1, F4/80, CD68, and CD11b in airways. The researchers concluded that this may be a promising anti-inflammatory agent for asthma and COPD. This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
How much olive leaf tea should you drink in a day?
Matche is very potent so you should not have more than 2 cups of tea a day utilizing 500mg or 1/2 gram per cup. You may add as much liquid as you would like but generally the best flavor is found with 6-8 ounces. You can also use Matche to make lattes and dustings for fresh fruit, cakes, or even chocolate.
How long does it take for olive leaf tea to work?
Research has shown that the phenolic compounds from olive leaves are highly bioavailable. The absorption of ligistroside-aglycone, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and oleuropein-aglycone was 55–60% in human subjects. In animal studies, these compounds have found their way various tissues in between 1 and 4 hours but it may take up to 2 days in humans.
Can I drink olive leaf tea everyday?
There are no official guidelines on how much olive leaf tea a person should drink everyday. In most human studies, participants consumed 500mg or 1/2 gram of powdered olive leaf tea twice a day. You should always speak with you doctor before using anything to treat a specific condition as this product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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