Everyone has probably experienced the feeling of being exhausted, tired, under pressure, stressed by some conflict or important matter, while you have to cope with, for example, at work. This can lead to a loss of attention and concentration, which can be detrimental to work, especially when it is a long process that requires all-day concentration.
Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem, as matcha tea helps to maintain concentration throughout the day, which helps us to concentrate more effectively at work and at home. Here is how matcha tea can do just that.
Where does matcha tea’s concentration-boosting properties originates from?
Although matcha tea is also made from the Chinese tea bush, which is the basis of green or black tea in the traditional sense, it has much more beneficial properties than its counterparts due to a different cultivation process.
The tea bushes are grown under shade for a few weeks before picking, a process that not only makes matcha tea tastier but also enriches it with L-theanine.
L-theanine is an amino acid that allows you to achieve a state of alertness and calmness at the same time. This is possible for a number of reasons. Firstly, it acts directly on the brain, where it stimulates the activity of alpha waves. The alpha waves are very similar to theta waves, but they do not cause drowsiness, but on the contrary, they improve concentration and alertness, while keeping us calm. This combined effect is also called ‘calm vigilance’ or ‘calm attention’.
L-theanine also plays a role in the slower release of caffeine in tea into the bloodstream, allowing us to stay energetic, calm and focused for several hours.
Finally, it should also be mentioned that this amino acid also promotes the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which has a beneficial effect on the release of hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. These two compounds are responsible for ensuring the ability to concentrate, good memory function and its improvement, and mood regulation. It helps to reduce anxiety, stress and supports mental relaxation.
It also excels in stress relief
As we have just mentioned, L-theanine is also effective in relieving tension, in addition to improving concentration. Several clinical studies have shown that its consumption reduces anxiety symptoms, has a positive effect on blood pressure and heart rate under stress, and that it is not only effective in healthy people, but also in people suffering from depression and schizophrenia.
Matcha tea can therefore also be beneficial because, thanks to the properties described above, it can be consumed with peace of mind by those who find coffee overly stimulating, causing restlessness and a rapid pulse. Anyone who has been known to experience the lack of concentration and stressful life situations described in the introduction should definitely give matcha tea a try and you will experience a noticeable improvement.