What is L-Theanine and Why Do I Need It?

As you probably know OMGTea's organic matcha green tea has 15x the nutritional value of normal green tea. It also contains 3x as much L-theanine as normal green tea. Why is this so important? And what in the world is L-theanine?

L-theanine is an amino acid which promotes alpha brain wave production. It has a similar effect on the brain to that of meditation, you know, that relaxed but focused feeling you get. This is why the Buddhist monks have been drinking matcha for 800 years, it enhances meditation and yoga. You want some matcha now, don't you!

Well, there's more:

  1. You will notice a boost in your memory and focus (who doesn't need that!)
  2. Several studies have shown that it may improve mood, by boosting serotonin and dopamine

Also, some studies have shown it reduces cognitive decline, so L-theanine has the potential to prevent and treat Alzheimers Disease.

Why does matcha contain more L-theanine than normal green tea?

Matcha comes from the same green tea plant as normal green tea. However, before it's harvested the plant is covered in 90% darkness, which encourages the plant to produce more chlorophyll to make up for the lack of sunlight. This, therefore, makes the leaves rich in amino acids, such as L-theanine, making the chlorophyll rise to the top and turning the leave a beautiful emerald green, like our matcha powder!

This is why we love it so matcha💚