You’ve had a horrible day. The automotive wouldn’t begin and also you walked to the bus cease in pouring rain; you spilled espresso in your trousers; your boss was a ache; your deadline is late. You’ve lastly dragged your self house, damp and deflated, and all you need is a cup of tea to calm your nerves and soothe the day away. It really works! However — why does it?
We have now been utilizing tea of 1 kind or one other for hundreds of years, however inexperienced (and black) tea originate in China. Tea has been present in tombs courting way back to 206 BCE and have become the nationwide drink of China throughout the Tang dynasty (618–906 CE). An indelible a part of tradition and rituals, tea additionally performed a task in natural drugs to deal with digestion and nerves. Surprisingly, tea was first marketed in Britain as “medicine,” too, for every little thing from spleen to kidney stones, scurvy to indigestion, “power worry” to sorrow and grief. A Dutch physician, Cornelius Decker, even claimed to drink 50–100 cups a day! (Contemplating the caffeine ranges, let’s hope he wasn’t a surgeon.)
Although liters of tea could be good for nobody, twenty first century scientific discoveries have given credence to a few of tea’s more beneficial properties. To start with, the tea plant, or Camellia sinensis, include flavonoids, that are phenol chemical compounds. These phenols act (in crops) as antioxidants and antimicrobials, and will even have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. We all know, now, that antioxidants reduce free radical damage, serving to within the struggle in opposition to most cancers.
As spectacular as which may be, probably the most speedy impact of tea, and positively the one you’re on the lookout for after that terribly exhausting day, is a way of calm. It seems that tea goes straight to our heads, or extra exactly, our brains.
Proof exhibits [tea] has a… direct impact on the mind. — Juneja et al. Developments in Meals Science & Tech
A examine carried out in Japan wired contributors to an electroencephalograph (EEG) to measure their mind waves throughout tea consumption. About half-hour after ingestion, all sufferers confirmed a change in their brain wave patterns, notably an increase within the alpha frequency, which induces leisure and sleepiness.
What might be inflicting this curious response? It isn’t the flavonoids, however a completely completely different compound: L-Theanine. This amino acid helps convey on a way of relaxed calm, however that’s not all. Researchers have additionally reported that ingesting tea lowers cortisol ranges (the “stress hormone”) and epidemiological research recommend that long-term consumption of inexperienced tea may even reduce the risk of dementia.
Again to that cup of tea you had been brewing: When you drink it inexperienced, you’re directly collaborating in a reasonably latest revival of inexperienced tea advantages (and some fads) and returning to the extra conventional consumption of tea. Maybe you’re even bettering your possibilities at avoiding dementia in later life. However allow us to suppose that you simply desire black tea, together with 84% of Americans and 85% of the British. Let’s assume that you simply like so as to add slightly sugar, too.
Sugar helps the body release serotonin (a feel-good chemical), whereas additionally suppressing cortisol. Granted, consuming an excessive amount of sugar in the end steals this profit by inflicting different well being advantages, but it surely helps to elucidate why a pleasant cup of candy tea untangles the nerves.
Settled into your favourite chair together with your favourite tea mug, you can expect calm to descend in phases. At 10–quarter-hour, the sugar kicks in — not the “rush” however its enjoyable aftereffects. Then, at about half-hour, your mind absorbs the L-Theanine for these beautiful alpha waves.
Will it flip your office right into a extra sane place? In all probability not. However it might assist you really feel extra rested and even to get better sleep so you may face the subsequent day clearheaded and calm. So, increase a cuppa. It’d simply be the remedy for what ails you.