Matcha green tea increases energy and enhances concentration. Many people consuming matcha notice how they feel more alert and concentrated for an extended period of time after consumption. There are two main reasons for this!
- Matcha delivers caffeine slowly to your body in a more healthy way compared to coffee or energy drinks
- Matcha contains the highest level of amino acid L-theanine which promotes concentration and helps stimulate production of Dopamine and Serotonin (happy hormones!)
Reason 1: Matcha and Caffeine
Matcha does contain a small amount of caffeine (approx. 1/10th caffeine of a coffee). There is a vital difference however in the way matcha delivers this caffeine in comparison to coffee. With matcha the caffeine is absorbed and released slowly by the body over a period of 6-8 hour. This means that matcha provides a sustainable energy boost and does not deliver the rapid 30 minute spike, slump and “jitters” associated with coffee.
Reason 2: Matcha is the highest source of L-Theanine
Tea is the only plant that makes the amino acid Theanine, also known as Teanin or L-Theanine. Thus, it is the origin for the word “tea”. The L-theanine amino acid in matcha 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 consuming Theanine, making this a great study drink for scholars and students alike.
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