Centering text vertically

Hi - new to Obsidian, but I’ve searched high and wide, and have tried a million CSS things, including vertical-align: middle. I’m sure I’m missing something obvious.

Even on the default template, with no snippets active, I see this behavior, and can’t get my text to vertically align. Could someone please point me in the right direction:

In the picture, the maroon color is from highlighting the text in the line. As you see, the gap from the tallest characters to the top of the line is larger than the space at the bottom of the line.

Thank you in advance!