Research Confirms Drinking Relieves Stress

Research Confirms Drinking Relieves Stress
The results are in,​ the​ clinical trials have spoken. ​
Drinking relieves stressdrinking green tea,​ that is. ​
Theres something in​ green tea that helps us relax. ​
And it​ may start turning up in​ other foods soon.
The legendary benefits of​ green teaweight loss,​ cancer prevention,​ immune system boosting,​ and​ morehave put green tea on​ everyones top ten superfoods list. ​
Now the​ teacups relaxation effect has been proven in​ the​ lab.
An amino acid called theanine or​ Ltheanine is​ responsible for green teas magic. ​
First discovered in​ 1949,​ theanine is​ found almost exclusively in​ tea leaves. ​
Its also found in​ one type of​ mushroombut who wants to​ relax with a​ plate of​ mushrooms?
Clinical trials testing the​ relaxation effect of​ theanine produced remarkable results. ​
Japanese researchers found that human volunteers became more relaxed about 3040 minutes after taking up to​ 200mg of​ theanine. ​
Thats six cups of​ tea to​ you​ and​ me.
Once the​ theanine is​ flowing,​ a​ couple of​ things happen. ​
Your brain waves start to​ shift into the​ alpha range. ​
Thats a​ good thing. ​
Alpha brain waves occur when you​ are relaxed and​ peaceful,​ but still awakelike after a​ massage or​ a​ hot bath,​ or​ during meditation.
At the​ same time,​ theanine increases the​ GABA levels in​ your brain. ​
GABA is​ a​ neurotransmitter that is​ linked to​ dopamine and​ serotonin levels. ​
This complicatedsounding chemical cocktail results in​ a​ relaxation effect. ​
And whats more,​ theanine also lowers your blood pressure. ​
Well,​ OK,​ the​ blood pressure part is​ only proven in​ rats. ​
But testing continues.
So if ​ youre stressed and​ anxious,​ relax with a​ few cups of​ green tea. ​
You should begin to​ feel relaxed and​ alert in​ about half an hour. ​
Theanine wont make you​ drowsy,​ but if ​ it​ happens to​ be bedtime,​ studies have also shown youll sleep better and​ awake more refreshed. ​
By the​ way,​ if ​ youre already relaxed when you​ start,​ it​ doesnt matter how much theanine you​ get—you wont get any more relaxed.
If you​ would rather get your theanine in​ a​ pill,​ youre in​ luck. ​
Supplements containing theanine are readily available. ​
One of​ the​ Japanese firms heavily involved in​ theanine research went beyond simple green tea extracts and​ developed Suntheanine,​ which is​ a​ synthesized,​ ultrapure theanine. ​
a​ company spokesperson stated there is​ a​ tremendous opportunity for designing foods and​ medical foods targeting relaxation and​ the​ reduction of​ stress.
Im not sure what they have in​ mind,​ but the​ possibilities are wide open. ​
More than 50 food items containing Suntheanine,​ including ice cream,​ candy,​ and​ beverages,​ are currently sold in​ Korea,​ Japan,​ and​ Europe. ​
In America,​ its only available in​ supplements right now. ​
But Im looking forward to​ seeing it​ in​ something that goes with my cup of​ tea. ​
Relaxation muffin,​ anyone?

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