Have you ever been enjoying the effervescent boost of kombucha in the morning and wondered, “How much caffeine is in here anyway?” Well we’re here to fill you in!
First off, what is caffeine?Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in cocoa plants, coffee beans, & tea leaves. Used to stimulate the brain and elevate the mood, it is no wonder that around 80% of adults in North America regularly consume it daily, making it the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world! As a stimulant, it speeds up the nervous system which can provide the benefit of enhancing performance and mental alertness, but can also reduce fine motor coordination, like hand steadiness. If you’ve ever had one-too-many cups of coffee, you may have experienced the headache or jitteriness often associated with high levels of caffeine.
Not all caffeine is created equal.Have you ever noticed that your body responds to the caffeine in coffee and tea differently? This is likely due to the fact that tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid and natural relaxant that is known to reduce anxiety. Studies show that L-theanine combats caffeine’s stimulatory effects by promoting alpha brain waves, which calm the mind. This magic combination of caffeine and L-theanine has been shown to improve cognitive performance and mood! We’ll never turn down an opportunity for an extra dose of dopamine and serotonin - Thanks, tea!