The Science Behind Your Calming Cup of Tea
Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, pre-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding.
Drinking green tea helps the brain release the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine
A study published in 2009 found that camomile tea actually helped calm people. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmapsychology, found that subjects that consumed camomile tea over an eight-week period showed less anxiety than those who didn't. Green tea also contains L-theanin, which is thought to release dopamine into the brain and research found that you'll enter a more relaxed state 30-40 minutes after drinking it. (Source: Livestrong)
Black tea could help fight stress... and be good for your blood
Much is usually made of green tea, camomile tea and Rooibos tea, for example, but we don't usually hear about the benefits of good old-fashioned black tea. However, research conducted by University College London in 2010 changed all that. They found that when they observed tea drinkers vs a placebo group (the placebo drink had no real tea in it at all), and subjected them to stress, the tea drinkers returned to their calmer, pre-stress levels quicker. They also found that blood platelet activation (responsible for the risk of blood clots and heart attacks) was lower in the tea drinking group. Mine's milk, no sugar, please...
Three cups of tea a day could reduce your chances of having a stroke
According to research by the UCLA, at least three cups of either green or black tea drunk every day could reduce your risk of having a stroke. Tea drinkers were 21% less likely to experience a stroke than those who didn't drink tea, and the risk was reduced even further (another 21%) as tea consumption went up.
I'm off to put the kettle on...
What do you think about this? Do you feel calmer after a cup of tea? Let me know in the comments below...