This article explains the first 3 teas that can help you get that much-needed energy boost to jumpstart your day: Green Tea, Matcha Tea, and Black Tea.
Picture yourself waking up in the morning, starting to get ready for your successful day ahead. How do you wake yourself up? What do you fuel your body with to prepare yourself for the day? There are many different things that people do in the morning to wake up and energize themselves. For many, coffee is the go-to energy booster to drink, however, did you know tea can give the same if not better energy boosting effects? Though both cups may appear to have similar effects, it is not a true comparison, as the caffeine from coffee is different than the caffeine present in teas. There are many teas that deliver the much-needed energy boost for the demands of the day, while also offering numerous health benefits that a coffee can’t provide. Teas also have less adverse side effects than coffee. Let’s take a look at the first 3 teas that help boost energy levels!
1. Green Tea
Green tea is one of the true teas made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, and first originated in Asia. The leaves and buds are first harvested from the tea plant, processed to remove their moisture content, then roasted until it achieves its characteristic green colour. Once this process is complete, you are able to add the ground up leaves into boiling water to create what we know as green tea.
Green tea contains a moderate amount of caffeine, roughly 35mg per cup, falling between a white tea and a black tea. While green tea may not contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, which is usually about 100mg of caffeine, it provides some unique benefits when it comes to alertness and energy. Green teas include an amino acid called L-theanine, which actually helps to slow your body’s absorption of caffeine. This results in a longer lasting energy boost, as it allows your body to process the caffeine more effectively. Another perk of this slower absorption of caffeine is you are less likely to develop the jitters or withdrawals associated with drinking coffee!
2. Matcha Tea
Matcha tea is a Japanese style of green tea, still coming from the Camellia sinensis plant, however, it’s grown differently resulting in a unique nutrients profile. To grow matcha, the tea plants are covered 20-30 days before harvest to avoid exposure to direct sunlight. This process increases the chlorophyll production, which boosts the amino acid content, and as a result turns its signature darker green hue.
Once the tea leaves are harvested, the veins and stems are removed, then the leaves are ground up into a fine powder; this is known as matcha. This matcha powder is traditionally added to boiling water to create a tea, and can also be added to smoothies, lattes, or even baked goods!
As matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, (minus the stems and veins), it contains a much greater amount of antioxidants and caffeine than regular green tea. With double the amount of caffeine per cup compared to regular green tea (70mg), this tea will definitely offer you the energy boost you are looking for! As the shading in the growth process also increases the level of L-theanine in matcha, this means the caffeine will be absorbed even more effectively by your body, leaving you feeling stimulated, energized, clear, and focused.
3. Black Tea
Black tea is another one of the teas considered a “true tea” coming from the Camellia sinensis plant. It originated in China, where it is more commonly referred to as red tea. These teas go through a very long fermentation process, which results in a higher caffeine content. To achieve the black colour of leaves vs. the green leaves used for green tea, the tea leaves go through an oxidation process. This means the leaves are left exposed to moist, oxygen-rich air until they achieve their signature dark brown/black colour. Tea leaves are added to boiling water for black tea, and different flavours can be added to create different blends. The most common black teas are English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Chai (which adds several spices to give it its unique flavour).
Black tea is often compared to coffee due to its dark colours and bold taste. This tea is the most commonly consumed tea in the world and is a great option for those that are trying to transition out of their coffee drinking habits, as it will provide the energy boost without leaving the jitters and stress. Surprisingly, black tea usually contains 50mg of caffeine per cup, which is about half the amount in a regular cup of coffee. There are however some black tea blends that contain up to 60-90mg of caffeine per cup. Like the other true teas, black teas contain L-theanine which means the caffeine you consume will go much further in boosting your energy levels!
Tastea Tea for Energy
There we have it; the first 3 teas that can help boost energy. Who knew that such tasty drinks could provide such great benefits! While black teas, green teas, and matcha teas all provide caffeine, they also increase your ability to absorb the caffeine and provide essential antioxidants. Would we call that multeatasking? Now that you are aware of some of the teas that can help boost your energy, maybe it’s time to start testing out some of the tea blends that are tastea to you!
Still haven’t found a tea you like that boosts your energy? Check out Part 2 in this series on “Teas that Help Boost Energy”!