We understand that everyone’s go-to on this front has been coffee. And coffee certainly gives you a kick in the pants, but the benefit of tea is that it contains compounds that coffee doesn't, which makes that energy boost a little smarter.
Green tea doesn't contain much caffeine, but it provides unique benefits when it comes to energy and alertness. This tea can also give you a more even energy boost thanks to the presence of an amino acid known as L-theanine.
L-theanine helps to slow the body's absorption of caffeine. This allows the body to process the caffeine more effectively and results in a longer lasting energy boost (Ref). Since caffeine is absorbed more slowly, drinking green tea won't give you the jitters or withdrawals associated with a cup of coffee.
Green tea also contains small amounts of vitamin C that can boost immune health and protect energy levels.
Black tea is a classic morning pick-me-up for a reason. This tea is one of the most highly caffeinated kinds of tea, yet contains about half as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.
Matcha is produced from shade-grown green tea leaves, which are stone-ground into a fine powder. Because when you drink matcha you’re consuming the entire tea leaf, rather than an infusion of tea leaves, matcha contains a concentrated amount of the many healthful and energizing properties of green tea. In particular, matcha is high in caffeine, containing almost as much as coffee. The shading process also elevates the levels of both caffeine and l-theanine in the tea, resulting in a stimulating, energizing tea that contributes to clarity and focus.
Mate is well-known as an ingredient in energy drinks. The tea features a smoky flavor with heavy earthy notes, so has a bold flavor that is comparable to coffee, including a strong aroma.
Mate contains more caffeine than green tea, but still less than a cup of coffee. It also contains theobromine, a compound similar to L-theanine in that it increases energy levels without jitters. Studies also show that mate can increase endurance and exercise performance (Ref).
Ginger offers anti-inflammatory properties that help to decrease tension and inflammation and improve blood flow. Increased circulation can help boost energy.A study found that ginger helps to increase the secretion of compounds that help to modulate energy consumption. Ref