Nootropics and the power of matcha in enhancing mental clarity
With around just 16 hours in a day, it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to do everything you need to do efficiently. Biohacking has become something of a sport in recent years and there has been a great amount of interest in the range of drugs, supplements and even superfoods with a nootrophic effect. Nootrophics, also known as ‘smart drugs’, are designed to improve cognitive function, making it easier to remain focussed and on-task.
But did you know that a cup of matcha green tea is a powerful, all-natural product with nootrophic effects that can help you run the day, instead of letting the day run you?
A key compound in matcha green tea is L-theanine, which – when combined with the tea caffeine of matcha green tea – improves cognitive performance, acts as a mood-enhancer, increases alertness and reduces fatigue. In addition, L-theanine effectively neutralises the negative side effects of caffeine consumption, such as energy crashes, heart palpitations, an inability to concentrate and restlessness – also known as ‘the jitters’. In addition, L-theanine stimulates the production of alpha brainwaves, leaving you in a state of ‘alert relaxation’. Together, these three ingredients – caffeine, L-theanine and EGCG – make matcha green tea the beverage of choice for those seeking to improve their memory, focus and attention span.
Read on for the top three ways to enhance your mental clarity and boost your brainpower every single day:
Boost meditation benefits with matcha green tea
Meditation and mindfulness are well documented for the myriad of health benefits regular practice brings. For the ultimate boost to your mental health, try consuming matcha green tea prior to your practice or yoga session. There is a powerful link between matcha and meditation, as they both increase alpha brain wave activity, hence the fascination with the organic tea by Buddhist monks in Japan. It doesn’t take long for the benefits of matcha tea to kick in. You’ll quickly notice the energising sense of focus and relaxation that takes over and loosens your limbs as it is slowly absorbed through your body.
Power nap your way to more energy
This is a technique we refer to as the ‘nap-a-latte’. Matcha green tea will allow you to emerge from a power nap as a more refreshed, energised you in just half-an-hour. Let’s have a look at the logic behind this first. Matcha green tea’s nutritional content packs a punch. The unique combination of vitamins, minerals, caffeine and L-Theanine takes around 20-30 minutes to enter your bloodstream. Perfect timing to bring you back out of your power nap feeling refreshed without the grogginess. Studies have shown that following your period of rest, you’ll wake up with heaps of energy! The technique is simple. Drink a shot of matcha in whichever form you like straight up or in a latte. Close your eyes and you’ll find you naturally wake in 20-30 minutes times feeling awesome!
Improve your mental focus and productivity A shot of matcha green tea prior to commencing a long task, will keep you both focussed and on-task for those long periods where you need to study for an exam, prepare for a presentation, work extra hours or just need a boost in intense focus.