Matcha & Caffeine
Matcha does contain caffeine (around 1/10th the caffeine of a cup of coffee) but the way matcha delivers caffeine to your body is very different to coffee and energy drinks and as a result matcha helps enhance energy and concentration and the antioxidants are transforming the health of our customers! We will cover the science behind why below!
Matcha and Caffeine Absorption
With matcha, the caffeine is absorbed and released slowly by the body over a period of 6-8 hours. This means that matcha provides a sustainable energy boost without the rapid 30-minute spike, slump, and jitters associated with coffee.
Tea is the only plant that makes the amino acid theanine. Matcha plantations are shaded before harvest and this shading process boosts the levels of amino acids meaning matcha has the highest concentration of theanine. Theanine is known for its ability to increase alpha waves in the brain and promote calmness and alert concentration, giving matcha users a great “zen” state. Controlled experiments have shown that theanine has a positive effect on the mind and improves memory by increasing dopamine levels. Additionally, the alpha brain waves increase 40 minutes after a person consumes theanine, making this a great drink for students or professionals.
Matcha provides 3.25mg of calcium, 1.85mg of vitamin C, 20.5mg of potassium and 274mg of protein per serving amidst other vitamins and antioxidants that outnumber super foods like goji and acai berries. If you compare that to what you’d get from a tea bag – one bowl of matcha is equivalent to approximately 10 cups of regular green tea. That is because matcha powder uses the entire green tea leaf, instead of just dipping the leaf in hot water which provides only around 10% of the plant’s nutrients.
Although both matcha and coffee stimulate alertness, matcha releases caffeine over time and its high concentration of theanine means that the caffeine is better harnessed to promote focus and concentration.
Matcha has an astounding array of health benefits which you can read about here.
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