The unique health benefits of matcha
Matcha is unique among teas because as you drink it, you ingest the entire leaf. And through shade-growing, matcha contains higher levels of L-theanine, a relaxing agent.
Consuming the whole tea leaf
Drinking matcha means consuming the entire leaf and all its available nutrients, rather than straining tea leaves full of insoluble nutrients.
30% consumed (only soluble)
100% consumed (both soluble and insoluble)
Matcha is rich in fiber because it comprises every molecule of the tea leaf. This ingestion of both soluble and insoluble fiber helps with detoxification and gut health.
1 shot matcha (level 3) = ¼-⅓ head of lettuce
High in antioxidants
Matcha’s antioxidant count is high, even among green teas and antioxidant-rich foods, largely because the entire leaf is consumed. Antioxidants combat free radicals and inflammation.
Antioxidant ORAC* Value (TE/g)
Matcha leaves are higher in L-theanine. It is a protein that helps regulate cortisol (a stress hormone) and moderates your body’s caffeine uptake. So when you drink matcha, the L-theanine calms you down while caffeine lifts you up—producing higher brain function than caffeine alone.
Matcha sustains a calmer, longer energy boost compared to the spike and crash that comes from the caffeine in coffee. This is because matcha includes L-theanine, which provides a calming effect. Together, the combination of L-theanine and caffeine in matcha provides sustained focus and energy.
Matcha vs. coffee
Improved focus and concentration
A study showed that when L-theanine and caffeine are combined, it improved a person’s behavioral performance (hit rate) significantly, when compared to L-theanine or caffeine alone.
Combined effects of L-theanine and caffeine
P: Placebo T: L-theanine 100mg C: Caffeine 50mg T+C: Combination