Does drinking green tea relax you?

September 12, 2012

The ritual of putting a pot on to boil, sitting down, and enjoying a nice cup of tea has the image of relaxation and leisure. But is it all psychological? In the case of green tea, no. A component called Theanine derived from the amino acid glutamate found in tea leaves enters the central nervous system where it lowers stress and anxiety while elevating the consumer’s mood. Theanine increases the activity of GABA, a neurotransmitter, which leads to relaxed and peaceful state. So sit down and treat yourself to a relaxing cup of hot tea!

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