Dearest matcha lovers,
Remember when mornings were hard? Remember the inability to look your barista in the eye (let alone talk to them coherently) before you had your extra long extra shot Americano? Remember how irritable you were before that extra long extra shot Americano?
And hey, remember the jitters, the coffee breath, and the inevitable post-caffeine rush burnout?
Then remember when you switched to matcha green tea, and irritability, jitters, bad breath, and caffeine-crashing became a thing of the past?
In praise of its incredible power, here is Maru Matcha's 4 reasons why sipping matcha tea has changed our mornings forever!
1) Matcha contains less caffeine (that's a good thing):
Matcha contains between 40-60mg of caffeine per 1 tsp serving, about one third the caffeine intake of a cup of brewed coffee (which usually hovers at somewhere around 160mg per cup but can surge to an incredible 415mg of caffeine in a Starbucks Venti).
Healthy adults can safely consume up to 400mg of caffeine per day, but in reality our bodies tolerate far less.
Here's what Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Unit says about caffeine intake:
In the United States the average per capita daily intake among adult caffeine consumers is 280 milligrams (the equivalent of 17 ounces of brewed coffee or 84 ounces of soft drink). Studies show that 30 milligrams or less of caffeine can alter self-reports of mood and affect behavior and 100 mg per day can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms upon abstinence.
Physical caffeine dependence and its withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, increased fatigue, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and even difficulty working.
It's much more difficult to over-do your caffeine intake with matcha, not just because of its lower per-cup dosage, but also because a single cup of matcha green tea keep us feeling focused, alert, and energised far longer without a sudden drop. Check out #2 to find out why...
2) And it's better caffeine:
Not all caffeine sources were created equal. In tea (and only in tea), caffeine reacts with a unique amino acid called l-theanine. Theanine is found in all tea (even that tired box of PG tips), but because matcha green tea is shaded before being harvested, it is forced to start producing this amazing amino acid in over-drive.
L-theanine is pretty amazing: Not only does it give matcha its unique umami flavour, it also slows and regulates the release of caffeine into the blood stream, resulting in a longer, more balanced caffeine buzz. Most matcha drinkers report a steady caffeine buzz for between 4 and 6 hours!
Oh, and did we mention that l-theanine has been shown in numerous in-vivo studies to improve cognition, promote sensations of "calm alertness", reduce stress, and aid short-term memory retention?
3) Matcha keeps you feeling full longer
Matcha contains particularly high levels of an incredible polyphenol antioxidant called Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. The EGCG in matcha green tea has been linked to cancer prevention, cardiovascular health protection, and has been touted for its potential antiaging properties, but recent research has also indicated that the EGCG antioxidants in matcha green tea powder can also help us feel full for longer periods of time.
One reason for this may be because EGCG boosts an intestinal hormone called Cholecystokinin, or CKK, which have been shown to reduce food cravings and tell the brain that your body feels full. This means that that pre-lunch hunger pang is a thing of the past with matcha.
4) No more coffee breath
Who likes the potent whiff of burnt coffee grounds mixing with morning breath as you greet your co-workers? Not only does matcha neutralize bad breath, it also helps to improve your overall oral health.
In a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, green tea was shown to "the growth and cellular adherence of periodental pathogens", helping to ward off oral diseases like halitosis - otherwise known as bad breath.