Is Matcha Good for IBS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Matcha is good for IBS. Because it has antioxidants, caffeine, and L-theanine and they can reduce inflammation, stimulate bowel movements, and relieve stress.

IBS is a condition that affects your large intestine.

In IBS, your body has abnormal muscle contractions and nerve signals in your digestive tract.

This can lead to various health problems, such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

One of the key factors in managing IBS is diet.

What you consume can affect your gut microbiome, which can impact your IBS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage IBS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like oats, carrots, and strawberries and avoid FODMAP-rich foods like garlic, onion, and wheat.

Now, matcha is a type of green tea that is made from finely ground tea leaves.

People usually drink matcha as a hot beverage or use it as an ingredient in smoothies, desserts, and other dishes.

Matcha is good for IBS because it contains antioxidants, caffeine, and L-theanine.

These compounds can have positive effects on IBS.

One cup of matcha can give you about 70 mg of caffeine (18% of your daily needs), 20 mg of L-theanine (10% of your daily needs), and 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.

Caffeine can stimulate your bowel movements and relieve constipation.

However, too much caffeine can also cause diarrhea and dehydration.

Therefore, you should limit your caffeine intake to no more than 400 mg per day.

L-theanine can promote relaxation and reduce stress, which can trigger or worsen IBS symptoms.

L-theanine can also enhance the effects of caffeine, giving you a balanced energy boost without the jitters.

Antioxidants can protect your cells from oxidative stress and inflammation, which can damage your gut lining and impair your digestion.

Antioxidants can also modulate your gut microbiome, increasing the abundance of beneficial bacteria and reducing the presence of harmful bacteria.

Furthermore, matcha is a low-FODMAP food and low-FODMAP foods are good for IBS.

Because, they do not cause gas, bloating, or diarrhea in people who are sensitive to FODMAPs.

You can drink one to two cups of matcha per day safely.

More than that can cause side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, headache, and heartburn.

Also, you shouldn’t drink matcha if you have high blood pressure, heart problems, or insomnia to prevent complications.

Because, matcha contains caffeine, which can raise your blood pressure, heart rate, and alertness.

You can buy matcha online or in health food stores.

Always choose organic and ceremonial grade matcha, which is the highest quality and has the most nutrients.

Because, lower quality matcha may contain pesticides, additives, or fillers.

You can store matcha in an airtight container in a cool and dark place for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing IBS effectively.

I always recommend my IBS patients to follow a low-FODMAP diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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