The modern world is full of distractions and energy drainers, and more people are looking for supplements that can boost their productivity and concentration without overstimulating their central nervous system. Coffee was traditionally the holy grail for most North Americans to get through the day, but as the past decade has brought more awareness surrounding the health implications of excess caffeine, products that help with cognitive function and stress relief, like matcha, functional mushrooms, and ashwagandha has risen in popularity.
So, the million-dollar question is: Can matcha green tea really boost your productivity? In this article, we'll delve into the unique properties of matcha that make it popular amongst knowledge workers and students.
Combating Stress with L-Theanine in Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is extremely rich in L-theanine, an amino acid that induces the feeling of calmness when ingested. L-theanine is created in the plant's root system, transported into the leaves and protected through shading, and responsible for the umami flavour in matcha that resembles savoury seaweed. Why is it important in regulating stress?
Excess stress in the body can lead to physical discomfort and mental overwhelm. These, in combination, can impact our ability to concentrate on important tasks. We may experience things like brain fog, fidgeting, antsiness and inability to concentrate when we have high-stress levels.
Drinking matcha tea throughout the day may help us feel calmer and is a better alternative to coffee if you're caffeine sensitive. Matcha contains about one-third of the caffeine content in coffee, making it safer to consume throughout the day without the risk of getting headaches or jitters.
Staying Alert with Matcha Green Tea
Caffeine is the compound responsible for helping us stay mentally alert, especially when our days are energetically demanding. For university students and workers, coffee is usually the answer to staying awake. However, excess coffee can lead to dry mouth, dizziness, or energy crashes, making us less productive throughout the day. Conversely, matcha is not overly stimulating because the caffeine content is not as high, but it still delivers a steady energy flow throughout the day. So, next time you need a pick-me-up, reach for your whisk and matcha for an effective productivity boost.
Fun fact: In studies, caffeine has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. This means small amounts of caffeine regularly can help with our cognitive functioning and memory and reduce the risk of forming neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Our Recommendations for a Productive Day
If you're always on the go or between classes, you can sneak in a pack or two of our organic ceremonial travel packets in your bag, available in packs of 12. Simply mix one travel packet with your desired amount of cold water, shaken in a water bottle. We designed this product for the busy-bees and outdoor enthusiasts.
If you're in the office, opt for the tin of ceremonial organic or conventional ceremonial matcha. These are high-quality, stone ground matcha ideal for daily consumption.
If you're working from home and want to enjoy a frothy, delicious treat, we recommend using our signature Summer Harvest matcha to make a dairy-free latte or a smoothie. Summer Harvest has higher astringency, making it a bold and balanced choice for milk mixtures.
Productivity adds a delightful charm to our lives. When we can work more efficiently and energetically, we're able to accomplish more. This can add immense value to our lives and others: happier bosses, spouses, and customers. When we're more efficient with our time, it gives us more time to do the things we love, like fitting in a bike ride after work or getting to dinner on time with the family. We hope you're able to incorporate some matcha into your day, to add a spruce of productivity and focus.