FoodDitch coffee: Why matcha is the ultimate morning booster

Ditch coffee: Why matcha is the ultimate morning booster

Matcha - a tea that stimulates
Matcha - a tea that stimulates
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10:41 AM EDT, June 26, 2024

Morning coffee? While we wouldn't go so far as to call it "obsolete," it's worth knowing that there's another drink that can effectively wake us up and set the right rhythm for our morning duties. Significantly, this beverage's energy boost lasts longer than a small coffee. Doesn't that sound enticing?

Today, we'll consider whether there's a beverage that wakes us up as effectively as coffee and lasts significantly longer. It just so happens that such a drink exists, is not expensive, boasts many health benefits, and is very trendy. Can you guess what it is? No? Well, let's add that this drink is exceptionally... green. Now it's clearer, right?

Lasts longer than coffee

Matcha is a powerful competitor to coffee, surpassing its black caffeinated counterpart in many ways. Why is green tea such a fantastic coffee substitute? Before we tell you all about the health benefits of this product, it's worth highlighting L-theanine. This chemical compound found in matcha reacts in combination with caffeine (though there's slightly less of it in the Japanese powder than in coffee), ensuring that just one cup of green tea stimulates serotonin and dopamine production, positively affects the brain, doesn't display the unwanted side effects often seen after drinking coffee, and also stimulates — and for longer than a small coffee.

Matcha stimulates more gently and for a longer time than coffee.
Matcha stimulates more gently and for a longer time than coffee.© Canva | pixelshot

Matcha for more than just the morning

Why is it worth reaching for green powdered tea, not just in the morning? Due to its health properties that extend far beyond morning wakefulness. Matcha is a powerful source of vitamins A and C and minerals such as calcium, iron, and potassium. It's also worth noting that the polyphenols in matcha are potent antioxidants. Regularly drinking green tea effectively inhibits the action of free radicals. This translates firstly to a youthful appearance of the skin and secondly to a reduced risk of cancer, atherosclerosis, and inflammation.

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