Caffeine and theine are known for their stimulating effects. Both are in fact the same molecule, however tea and coffee do not have the same impact on human body. Does the tea prevents sleeping? Which are the teas with the highest theine...
Theine vs caffeine: same or different?
Caffeine and theine are known for their stimulating effects. Both are in fact the same molecule, however tea and coffee do not have the same impact on human body. Does the tea prevents sleeping? Which are the teas with the highest theine content? Is there a way to remove theine from tea? Let's review the situation.
Coffee stimulates, tea sharpens...
Both teine and caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. What make a huge difference are the other component naturally part of the tea leaf, which determine how the theine will affect an organism:
Oxydized polyphenols (tannic acids) in the tea hold back the effects of theine. Thanks to them, theine is spread in the blood continual and regularly during 6 to 8 hours.
Caffeine is, on the contrary, spread promptly in the blood, generating a peak of activity which falls down within 2 or 3 hours. That is why tea is known for its sharpening but not over-stimulating effects.
Thearubigins, are another type of tannin, that tends to reduce the impact of caffeine on human body. When tea is infusd, caffeine is released first, before tannins. The shortly brewed tea is thus the more powerful as far as stimulation is concerned. The tannins that are released next moderate this effect and limits the power of caffeine on the brain.
If you wish some help to wake up in the morning, brew you tea less than two minutes!
Theanine is one of the amino acids in tea. It has a relaxing effect and offsets theine effect.
The tea leaf also includes numerous vitamins (C, A, B1, B2, B6, B9, E, K), that have a beneficial effect for the whole body.
Duration is decisive when infusing your tea:
less than 2 minutes means an increased stimulating effect.
You should also remember that there is three to four time less theine/caffeine in a cup of tea than in a cup of coffee.
Besides, every individual does not feel its effect the same way: some are particularly sensitive when other can drink many teas and coffees in a single days without feeling any effect.
Which teas are richer in theine?
Which part of the tea tree is used also plays a strong part: buds and young sprouts contains much more theine than older leaves and stems. The time of the year when tea is harvested, as well as the altitude of the fields and manufacturing processes are as important.
A few tips to find your way in our organic teas range:
Our plain teas (rarities especially) have most of the time higher theine concentration rate, since they contain more buds and young leaves.
Our flavoured teas, on the other hand and whatever their colour is (white, green, black...) do not have much theine inside.
Some teas are noteworthy exceptions: Kukicha and Hojicha, for instance, may be green Japanese teas, they contain very little theine and you can drink them anytime. That comes from the fact that Kukicha containes mainly stems.
If you are very sensitive to theine, herbal teas
are the right choice for a warm evening drink.
What about decaffeinated teas?
At L'Autre Thé, we chose not to include decaffeinated teas due to hazardous chemical products used to remove theine from tea.
There is however a simple and natural way to get a theine-free tea: throw away the water of your teapot after a short first brewing time (about a minute long). Theine is released as soon as tea leaves touch hot water. Drinking the second water allows to keep all the flavours of your tea but with almost no theine left.
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