The Buzz on Matcha and Siberian ginseng
When it comes to increasing energy and concentration Matcha and Siberian Ginseng are a winning tag team. This wonderful synergy of herbs provides long lasting energy, helping the brain to relax and concentrate at the same time. It’s like having a coffee without the jitters!
Matcha Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is pure green tea leaves stone-ground into powder. Despite its recent revival, Matcha has been part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years to calm the mind and increase focus.
Much of Matcha’s cognitive ability can be attributed to its caffeine and L-theanine content. L-theanine stimulates alpha brain waves, increasing focus and calming anxiety. As a bonus Matcha is rich in EGCG, a potent antioxidant that has thermogenic properties. This helps the body burn fat and decreases the formation of new fat cells. Nice work, Matcha!
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is another oldie but a goody. Favoured by Traditional Chinese Medicine for increasing energy and preventing colds. It has a long history in Russia and was originally used by the native people of Siberia to enhance vitality. In recent decades, the ability of this powerful root to increase stamina and endurance even led to Soviet athletes using it as part of their training regime.
Today, Siberian Ginseng is used for many of the same reasons. With mounting evidence supporting the pharmacological action of the eleutherosides in the root as potent immunomodulators and adaptogens (helping the body adapt to stress).
When supplementing with Matcha and Siberian Ginseng quality is important. Aim for a dosage of 14g/day of the powdered leaf and 1-4g/day of the Ginseng root.
Matcha and Ginseng are for anyone who is after a little pep in their step. That student, shift worker or tired parent needing an energy boost with the added bonus of better concentration and stamina.
Best to avoid in pregnancy and with any herb, consult with your healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns.
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