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Green Up Your Act

June 8, 2010

Iced soy-matcha latte.

More and more people are discovering that matcha tea does for them what coffee used to – but better.  Everyone gets tired at work, say around 2pm, just after lunch, or 10am, just after the boss arrives.  You typically look for an excuse – any excuse- to step out for a moment.  Instead of grabbing your usual cup of coffee, consider going green for a day.  Coffee can be a great stimulant.  It has between 150-400 milligrams of caffeine depending on the size of your cup (a venti at starbucks can go even higher!).  If you’re a long haul truck driver, or an air force fighter pilot, that might be just what you need, but coffee can make you buzzy, tense, nervous and spazzy.  Matcha tea, on the other hand, contains far less caffeine than coffee, and the type of caffeine is different.  Theaphylline is the unpronounceable name for tea-specific caffeine which releases into the body in slower doses, so the effects are felt over several hours rather than several minutes.  Matcha is also high in a complimentary amino acid called Theanine which calms, soothes and invigorates the mind (check out the wiki on Theanine; here’s a small sample of what you’ll find: ” Theanine has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress[6], and improves cognition and mood in a synergistic manner with caffeine.[7]

Matcha changes lives.  Go green for a day.

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