Caffeine Effects: Matcha vs. Coffee

Now I can expand a little more since we have clarified the caffeine amount situation. Caffeine in coffee can quite often cause you to get the jitters and feel anxious. Coffee’s high caffeine isn’t exactly the best thing for your body.

I’m sure many of you have experienced the face punch coffee high, followed by the “caffeine crash”. What's happening is the high amount of caffeine in coffee stimulates your adrenal glands releasing epinephrine or adrenaline and increases cortisol, which in turn increases heart rate and blood pressure and releases glucose, while at the same time inhibiting insulin production. Sounds brutal right? 

With matcha you won’t feel that “wired” sensation or experience a caffeine crash like you would with coffee, instead caffeine is slowly released over time. What's happening is the caffeine binds to catechins (antioxidants) and is released into the bloodstream slower because the catechins break down resulting in the release of caffeine over 3-5 hours. This prevents insulin and adrenaline spikes from happening in the body.

This works in conjunction with phytonutrients, antioxidants and amino acids, like L-theanine), which balances out any negative effects of the caffeine. The result is a nice lengthened period of energy. Sounds way better right?

 

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