Does Matcha Contain Caffeine?
Many people assume that different teas come from their own unique species of plant.
This isn't true.
Matcha and any other tea, except herbal teas, originates from the Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant.
The difference between the teas is all down to how they're prepared.
The Camellia Sinensis plant contains caffeine.
Matcha is therefore no exception.
A serving of matcha has around 30mg caffeine per serving (1 tspn), whereas a cup of brewed coffee has roughly double this amount.
One thing you have to consider when talking about caffeine content is the way it's absorbed.
With coffee, the caffeine is absorbed very quickly, which gives you a big but brief jolt of energy.
This quick rush of energy isn't handled very well by the body, often resulting in agitation and difficulty sleeping at night.
The caffeine in matcha is absorbed at a slower rate, as the caffeine binds to the larger antioxidant catechin molecules.
The slower absorption on caffeine in matcha provides sustained energy for up to 3-6 hours.
This makes it a lot easier for your body to handle, and there's no spike in adrenaline or insulin levels.
The addition of the amino acid L-theanine in matcha further diminishes the negative effects of caffeine.
L-theanine increases GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain that stops excess neuronal firing, which is a cause of too much caffeine.
Anxiety is a symptom that arises from excess neuronal firing, which is why L-theanine is always promoted as being great at relieving anxiety.
With half the amount of caffeine than coffee, a slower absorption rate, and the addition of L-theanine, you can sit back and enjoy your matcha.