· By Avery Hastings
Why is Matcha Better than Coffee?
One of the questions we are frequently asked is – why is matcha so much better than coffee?
For us, breaking up with Joe wasn’t easy. But after we made the switch to matcha, we will never go back. Here are our top 3 reasons why matcha is better than coffee.
1. No More Caffeine Crash
When you drink coffee, it gives you with a quick boost of energy, followed by a crash hours later – leaving you drained and grabbing another cup to make it through the day. Matcha on the other hand, gently provides you energy, leading you into a calm, focused state and gently lets you back down without the caffeine crash. L-theanine, an amino acid found in matcha, slows the absorption of caffeine so it is gradually released over the course of a few hours. Matcha also naturally has a lower caffeine content than coffee (as a general rule, about a 1/3 of the caffeine). If you need a little more of a boost, you can always double your serving.
2. Better For Your Body
Compared to coffee, matcha has more vitamins and antioxidants to keep you happy and healthy. Matcha contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K and other amino acids and compounds such as polyphenols, rutin, quercetin, L-theanine, copper, zinc, iron and magnesium – and the list goes on! The combination of these vitamins, minerals and antioxidants help fight against infections, destroy free radicals, protect the body against oxidative stress, have anti-inflammatory properties, improve digestive and cognitive functions and possess neuroprotective agents.
3. Improved Mental State
Drinking matcha promotes a state of calm focus to help you take on the challenges of the day. This is due to the combination of L-Theanine and caffeine. L-theanine, an amino acid that helps the body feel calm, relaxed and focused and controls the absorption of caffeine gradually over the course of a few hours. It also produces the production of alpha waves in the brain which promote relaxation and mental clarity and promotes a feeling of relaxation while reducing mental and physical stress. Matcha has also been used for meditation, so next time you want to reach your own state of Zen, try having a cup of matcha before your practice.