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In today’s fast-paced world, it seems like everyone is looking for the ultimate superfood alternative to coffee. Two of the favorite pick-me-ups that busy people love include yerba mate (made from dried, crushed leaves and twigs of the rainforest holly tree) and Japanese matcha green tea, a powder made from finely ground green tea leaves. So which one is superior when it comes to healthy energy?

If you’re simply measuring energy in terms of caffeine, then yerba mate and matcha tea are surprisingly similar. Per 1 oz. serving, they both provide approximately the same amount of caffeine (11 mg). That’s not as much caffeine as is found in a standard cup of coffee (or a double espresso!), but it’s still more than enough to provide a gentle pick-me-up throughout the day.

Where Japanese matcha tea really shines, though, is when you start looking at all the healthy antioxidants it includes. On a per gram basis, this powdered green tea contains nearly 33 times the amount of antioxidants contained in a similar serving of yerba mate. The primary antioxidant found in matcha tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin), which has been proven very effective in weight loss. It literally helps the body to speed up its metabolism, thereby enabling you to control your weight.

Moreover, matcha green tea includes the important amino acid L-theanine, which is responsible for creating a calm, Zen-like focus that has been associated with matcha for over 1000 years. The reason is simple: L-theanine increase the alpha wave activity in your brain, creating a sense of what can only be called calm alertness. And, even better, L-theanine helps to regulate your body’s absorption of caffeine, so that you don’t get the inevitable caffeine crash or jitters that many coffee drinkers experience. If you’re trying to power through a busy day, you’ll appreciate this vital source of healthy energy.

There’s one more advantage that matcha tea has over yerba mate, and that’s the presence of powerful catechins. Clinical researchers have found that catechins have strong antibacterial properties that enable the human body to ward off infections. In contrast, yerba mate doesn’t have any catechins.

So, if you are looking for the best source of healthy energy, it’s easy to see how matcha green tea has a big advantage over yerba mate. Yes, they might both have the same amount of caffeine, but matcha has the additional benefits of being high in antioxidants and catechins. With every nice hot cup, you’ll be boosting your body’s metabolism and raising your body’s natural infection-fighting ability. In short, matcha tea is the equivalent of a very clean-burning fuel that’s good for your body, helping you get through any day, no matter how crazy it gets.

Best of all, matcha tea is a lot easier to make than yerba mate. With yerba mate, you need to steep the dried leaves and twigs in hot water. However, with matcha, it’s just a matter of stirring a gram of green powder into a cup of hot water. When it comes to healthy energy, Japanese matcha tea comes out on top. It might just be the ultimate superfood coffee alternative.