Focus and clarity, tysm.
When it comes to boosting energy, caffeine is a go to. Iced coffees are practically a personality trait, and the Starbucks rewards program is borderline a cult. But are you fully ramped up on how different sources of caffeine each have their own benefits? Let’s talk through green tea caffeine and why we made the decision to use it instead of traditional sources of caffeine in GORGIE.
First, a quick break down on what we mean by “traditional” sources of caffeine. These are sources like coffee, soda, and energy drinks that use caffeine derived from sources like coffee beans or synthetic chemicals. They’re the sources our parents and grandparents knew about, and they’ve been shown to be effective at increasing energy and focus. But! They also can also come with some negative side effects, such as jitters, crash, and increased heart rate. Caffeine works by blocking the action of a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which basically helps our bodies regulate sleep, drowsiness, and awake-ness (new word). When adenosine is blocked, our natural “fight or flight” response is activated, leading us to feel an increased alertness and energy.
When we look at green tea caffeine, we’re talking about caffeine derived from green tea leaves. Green tea caffeine has been shown to be just as effective at increasing energy as traditional sources of caffeine, but it’s associate with fewer negative side effects.
Instead, green tea has been consumed for centuries for its health benefits that extend past energy boosts. It’s also rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the body from free radicals and reduce the risk of certain diseases. Green tea is particularly high in catechins, which have associated with the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in a number of studies. There are also studies ongoing, demonstrating green tea’s influence on improving brain function, like memory and cognitive function, and promoting an increased metabolism and fat oxidation for those struggling with medically prescribed weight loss.
The studies speak for themselves, but we also did thorough testing across our team to align on the ideal caffeine approach to meet our goals.
We chose green tea because we wanted to create a product that gave us all the energy and alertness we needed to power through our day, without the negative side effects from traditional caffeine sources. Good vibes, no jitters or crash. Focus and clarity, tysm.
We’ve paired our green tea with another superpower compound found in plants, L-Theanine, to bring you an incredible 1–2 punch. We’ll dive into this dynamic duo in our next Good Energy Edit!