What is a nootropic green tea? Our instant green tea is that and so much more...
Functional food is defined as any food or drink that has a potentially positive effect on a person's health, and a nootropic is particularly effective in supporting cognitive function. All foods are functional to some extent because all foods provide flavor, aroma, and nutrition content. Green tea is the most widely consumed type of tea worldwide, and it generally has a bit of naturally occurring nootropic L-Theanine. The consumption of green tea is ancient especially in the Eastern part of the globe in addition to other teas like oolong and black tea. According to research, there is enough evidence to suggest that these functional teas promote optimal health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Other functional food products include garlic, oats, leafy greens, ginger, noni fruit, and more. Our proprietary instant tea also includes Polynesian noni fruit extract. Studies suggest that noni’s antioxidant properties can be attributed to beta carotene, iridoids, and vitamins C and E. Noni fruit’s B vitamins are also rich in biotin and folate. Keep in mind that while functional foods may help promote wellness, they can't make up for poor eating habits.
How does green tea L-Theanine work?Green tea extract is just one of the functional ingredients in our tea powder blend. Even though green tea contains a bit of naturally occurring L-Theanine, our nootropic green tea has more of a cognitive enhancer than found in regular green tea. L-Theanine is a chemical structure similar to glutamate, which is an amino acid that's naturally found in the body. It helps transmit nerve impulses. L-Theanine supports mental focus during and after it has been consumed, but perhaps most interesting is that over time it may improve the overall sense of calm and quality of sleep. According to an evidence-based article from Healthline.com, L-Theanine may support the following functions:
- It modulates alpha brainwave activity
- It helps promote calm neurotransmitters
- Increases focus and attention
- Improves immunity
- Improves quality of sleep
Which essential fatty acids improve the potency of green tea’s most notable antioxidants?
Green tea extract is loaded with catechins, which are known to support cellular health. Specifically, it is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant that has been proven to boost metabolism and reduce fat absorption. Don't just drink it alone; pair your green tea with a source of omega-3 fatty acids like hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds. The omega-3 fatty acids have been found to enhance the efficacy of EGCG. Combine greenteaHAWAII with these foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids:
- Hemp seeds which have been a product grown in Canada for more than twenty years and only recently legally grown in the United States are touted as having a beneficial ratio of omegas 6 to 3 (3:1). Hemp seeds also offer twice the protein found in chia and flax seeds, and it is reported that they help improve the heart, skin, brain, and immunity.
- Chia seeds are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index. The gel texture of chia seeds when mixed with water has become a popular superfood as a snack or breakfast item. They are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are rich in antioxidants. Chia seeds may help raise good cholesterol and may protect against heart attack and stroke.
- Flax seeds also known as linseeds originated from the Middle East. Most important is that flax should be ground up too.
Should you avoid adding dairy milk to green tea?
Yes! Some reports also stated that adding milk to green tea could reduce the absorption of polyphenols, which are beneficial for the body. That's why we recommend using non-dairy milk such as Hawaiian macadamia nut milk to make a delicious greenteaHAWAII latte with our Kona mocha. Truly, you could create your own greenteaHAWAII latte with any of our flavors. If you come up with a great combination, we want to hear from you! If you want to experience the optimum benefit of our green tea beverage, greenteaHAWAII, we recommend twice daily consumption. Drink first thing in the morning, and follow it up early or mid-afternoon. Our beverage packets are single-serving and may be added to 8 oz to 16 oz of water or low-calorie non-dairy milk, and can be prepared as a hot beverage, room temperature, or iced beverage.