We are firm believers that mornings just aren’t complete without matcha. Whether you’re an avid coffee drinker or fancy yourself a hot cup of black tea in the morning, we’re sure you’ve probably been curious about matcha and its benefits at least once (or twice) in your life. Luckily, Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen is bound to satisfy caffeine lovers with its good-for-you properties and flavor. Still not convinced? Keep reading to find out why you should be adding the Instagram-famous green drink to your morning routine.
You Get the Caffeine without the Crash
Nope, that wasn’t a typo. The Matcha Collagen contains 60 mg of caffeine per serving, giving you the boost you need in the morning. But what makes matcha different than coffee (or anywhere else your morning caffeine normally comes from) is the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine produces a calm and steady mental energy, instead of the “jolt.” This is why matcha drinkers avoid the jitters and caffeine crash that can come with other morning beverages!
Say Hello to Antioxidants
You know they’re good for you, but what exactly do they do? Antioxidants transfer electrons to free radicals in the body, neutralizing the effects of oxidation, which has been linked to all areas of health. Think of your body as a car (just go with us here). Cars are exposed to all sorts of nasty elements all the time: rain, wind, snow, salt, dirt. Over time, if a car isn’t taken care of, it can start to rust. Antioxidants are basically what help prevent the “car” from rusting. Make sense?
What makes matcha so great in this arena is the level of antioxidants it provides. One study found that matcha has 137 times the number of antioxidants of regular green tea. Why is that? Matcha is actually fully ground tea leaves that you then add to water or milk, whereas traditional green tea is just steeped. Matcha allows you to get the benefits of the entire tea leaf!
And Of Course, There's Collagen
Come on, you know us. Of course collagen is going to be our favorite part of the Matcha Collagen. It boasts 10 g of collagen per serving, which helps promote healthy hair, skin and nails. It also works to help support healthy bones and joints! Caffeine and collagen in one mug? Talk about a no-brainer. Plus, starting your day with some protein can help you to stay fuller for longer.
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