You may have noticed that drinking a cup of tea feels nurturing and comforting. This is not your imagination!
Scientists have discovered that Theanine, a rare amino acid found exclusively in high-quality tea, has beneficial effects on the body. Theanine is known to promote mental and physical relaxation, improve mood and reduce anxiety without causing drowsiness. This amazing amino acid directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation. Theanine also positively affects neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, in the brain. Scientists believe that Theanine may also increase concentration and memory, combat PMS, and regulate blood pressure.
White tea is believed to contain the highest levels of Theanine due to minimal processing and the use of young, tender leaves.
The herbal tea, chamomile, is also great for stress relief. Chamomile has been prized for thousands of years for its therapeutic effects. In fact, chamomile was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian gods for its ability to calm the mind and comfort the senses, acting as a mild sedative.