For centuries, people around the world have recognized the mood changing ability of tea. Perhaps you have noticed it as well.
When you drink a cup of tea, within a short time your head clears and your energy rises, and a calmness descends. This may seem contradictory, but there is good reason for these positive results.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world (the first is water) and there are many reasons for this. Tea quenches the thirst, aids in meditation and soothes the nerves.
Tea contains antioxidants and the amino acid L-theanine which are both known to make people feel calmer. Combining L-theanine with caffeine is known to improve alertness and cognition.
Research shows that drinking tea lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol and drinking just 1 cup a day may lower the risk of developing depression and dementia.
At a time of growing research about the role of nutrition in mental health and preventive medicine, the research that includes tea and its’ effects on behavior and mental health may be significant.
One possible contributor to teas’ positive effect may be in the preparation itself. Making tea takes time, particularly if you are using loose-leaf tea. This starts the process of relaxation even before any tea is consumed.
When you create your own tea ceremony, even if it’s simply making one cup of loose-leaf tea, you have already begun a process that will alter your mood to be more calm.
Cheers to a cuppa,