Matcha contains less caffeine than coffee, and almost no naturally occurring sugar
Matcha contains an average of about 40-60mg of caffeine per 1 tsp. serving, about half that of a shot of espresso and about one third the caffeine level of a cup of brewed coffee. As a result, matcha makes a great alternative for those of us who are sensitive to stimulants but still like a bit of help getting going in the morning.
This is a radical departure from the way you're used to drinking tea: Instead of steeping tea leaves in hot water then tossing them away, when you drink matcha you actually consume whole finely-ground green tea leaves and all the unique nutrients that are contained inside them.
A centuries-old secret to feeling great
Matcha green tea powder is particularly high in EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), a polyphenol antioxidant found only in tea - as much as 137 times higher than your average steeped green tea, according to one study.
In-vivo studies have shown that EGCG can help improve your immune system, boost your metabolism, and keep your body and mind feeling refreshed.
The amino acid l-theanine in matcha helps promote a state of calm alertness and long-lasting focus
Matcha green tea powder is also rich in l-theanine, a rare amino acid found almost exclusively in tea. In numerous in-vivo scientific studies, l-theanine was found to improve mental focus and cognition while reducing stress levels. When combined with naturally-occurring caffeine in matcha, l-theanine has also been found to help to improve cognitive reaction times, numeric working memory, and sentence comprehension.
The combination of l-theanine and caffeine in matcha provides long-lasting, slow burning, jitter-free energy
In most caffeinated drinks, caffeine is released into the bloodstream and expelled quickly. The l-theanine in matcha works together with naturally-occurring caffeine to slow its release into the bloodstream. The result is a smoother, slow-burning caffeine buzz that usually lasts for between 4 and 6 hours.