By: Ana Margarita A. Olar | Foodfindsasia.com
Green tea is a beverage famous for its many health benefits. But it is good to know that it also offers mental and psychological benefits to make you uplift your mood and become happier. Here are some of them:
Green tea increases mental alertness
We all know that green tea contains caffeine which enhances mental alertness, but it has lower levels of caffeine compared to coffee. Drinking tea can make you happy because it makes you alert without disrupting your sleep. It can make you calm and attentive as well.
Green tea relieves stress
Green tea contains L-theanine and amino acid that is responsible for reducing stress and promoting relaxation.it has been shown that theanine reduces physiological responses to stress, such as heart rate. Another study shows that when given to people, theanine results to brain exhibiting more α-waves, which is indicative of relaxation without being drowsy. Compared with coffee that makes you feel panicked or nervous once you drink it, green tea offers to calm effect while keeping you attentive and alert.
Green tea alleviates pain
Green tea contains a flavonoid called EGCG (Epigallocatechin 3- gallate). Aside from its health benefits, this antioxidant is also responsible for reducing inflammation which in turn reduces pain.
Green tea provides warmth
Drinking a nice hot cup of green tea is refreshing, comforting, and relaxing. Research shows that green tea helps us recover from stress by making stress hormones return to normal level. A study among elderly also shows that drinking green tea reduces the prevalence of depressive symptoms. It also has been found to enhance liver detoxification process.
Green tea enhances cognition
Elderly tends to be grumpy and depressed when they feel that they are not that cognitively alert as before. Drinking green tea can boost our mood by enhancing our cognitive ability. This is due to the theanine and EGCG content of green tea. Korean studies have found that green tea extract and L-theanine can produce memory improvements in people with mild cognitive impairments. And also, a study conducted on mouse suggests that it helps memory by increasing production of new brain cells.
Green tea makes you beautiful inside and out
- Green tea helps fight wrinkles due to its anti-oxidant and ant-inflammatory properties.
- Green tea gives UV protection due to its Catechin content.
- Green tea helps you lose weight by reducing body fat. Green tea inhibits gastric lipase, pancreatic lipase, and fatty acid synthetase. These are enzymes responsible for storing body fat.
So if you’re depressed, burned out or not in the mood, remember these reasons and brew a cup of green tea.