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CAFFEINE: TEA vs COFFEE

We know that tea and, more specifically, green tea along with coffee are caffeinated drinks, but there is often confusion as to how much Caffeine is in each and whether one is more effective than the other.

THE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE

Caffeine is the world’s most consumed psychoactive drug. It occurs naturally in many foods and drinks including cola and chocolate. The most common Caffeine effects are increased mental alertness and reduction of headaches.  A well-established study concluded that it produces increased wakefulness, faster and clearer flow of thought, increased focus and better general body coordination.

 

GREEN TEA

Green tea is a great source of Caffeine, but there is a relatively small amount in each cup (about 35mg – slightly less than black tea). One of the advantages of green tea is that it is a source of L-Theanine, an amino acid which has been shown to improve memory and attention (see study here) but also produces a calming effect. This is why we do not feel as jittery when we drink green tea over coffee or an energy drink, but still feel stimulated. That said, the content of L-Theanine in a glass of green tea is substantially less than the concentrated extract you might get in a supplement.

 

COFFEE

The average cup of coffee has about 100-200mg of Caffeine. You would need to drink 2-3 cups of green tea to get the same amount of Caffeine as coffee, but coffee does not contain L-Theanine. Without the L-Theanine, you would need to look to outside sources (such as adding high fat milk) to balance blood sugar and energy levels.

 

Coffee can do wonders for your brain and body, but it does not have a monopoly on enhancing brain power.  It is time to add another tool to your box of brain hacks – green tea. There are other reasons besides L-Theanine benefits for drinking green tea, including EGCG, a compound that reduces body fat accumulation and provides a much more extended release of mental energy.

 

No time to brew yourself a cup of green tea? Or maybe you are not so keen on the taste? That is where Core Focus can come in as the ultimate brain hack. Not only does Core Focus include high grade matcha green tea, it also includes a much more optimal dose of Caffeine and L-Theanine to provide an extended release of Caffeine. And we haven’t even talked about L-Tyrosine or Acetyl-L-Carnitine yet.

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