Have you ever noticed that when you drink tea you feel more alert, clear-headed, and mentally sharp, yet it’s different than with coffee. With coffee you almost feel more scatter-brained, like you’re thoughts are moving so fast you can’t concentrate on anything. But with tea, that feeling is distinctly different–more focused.
Well, in fact, there are some reasons for what you feel, and many of them are unique to tea.
Of course, both tea and coffee have caffeine, though in very different quantities. Coffee is typically over 120mg per cup, while tea varies from roughly 30-100mg per cup. Caffeine is a quick-acting stimulant that gets both brain and body fired up, moving quicker, and feeling more awake. This is part of the alert feeling you get with tea (or coffee).
With L-Theanine, an amino acid naturally occurring in tea, the dynamic shifts, because L-Theanine activates alpha wave activity in the brain. Alpha waves are the more calm, relaxed, easily directed (or managed) thoughts. When caffeine and L-Theanine are combined, thinking become clearer and more focused. They’re the team you want when you need to be productive.
Tea is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. By protecting and healing cells from oxidation, antioxidants help both nerve and brain cells so they can fire quicker for better, faster mental processing. Antioxidants also slow the aging process so your cognitive function stays strong even over passing years.
As with many green plants and vegetables, tea is rich in polyphenols. The polyphenols in tea make it a well-known anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the body often results in brain fog, fatigue, and sluggishness. Therefore, drinking tea helps to reduce inflammation, clearing brain fog and fatigue, so you feel more alert, focused, and clear-headed.
One of the catechins found in tea is called theogallin, and has been tested in conjuntion with L-Theanine (sans caffeine). Researchers found that this 1-2 combo in humans improved attention span, yet further suggesting the alertness you experience when drinking tea occurs on many levels and is not based solely on caffeine.
There you have it–if you’ve ever wondered why you feel alert, focused, more awake and clear-headed after drinking tea, now you know. Tea is a unique beverage packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, catechins, and the special amino acid L-Theanine, which helps you think clearly, be more productive, and feel good. Yeah!