Personally, I like my iced Sencha for lunch to help me stay awake during the afternoon. I have the caffeine in it to thank because I don’t like when coffee makes me crash.
As for other people, green tea helps them concentrate.
Many Chinese and Japanese drink tea to keep their mind sharp and their bodies in good health.
Some even drink tea leisurely for the taste. But to those not aware, there are already studies done by scientist that poit to tea being a drink that can delay the degeneration of our brains.
Recent medical studies have shown that tea is good for the mind. An indicative research suggests that it may help ward off age-related degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease when green or black tea is drunk regularly. “We looked at the protective effects of two tea extracts and their main constituents, called catechins, on dying nerve cells,” says Dr Remi Quirion of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. “Our findings showed that… both black and green tea extracts and catechins strongly blocked [the] death of neurons.” 1 (source European Journal of Neuroscience . September 21, 2005, 25(38):8807-8814)
Another study investigating potential alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have compared tea’s effects with coffee and found in laboratory test indications that green and black tea could be good for your memory by inhibiting the activity of certain enzymes in the brain associated with memory [loss]. “Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development,” said the lead researcher Dr. Ed Okello, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. 2 (source Academic journal Phytotherapy Research . October 24, 2004, 18 624-627
In these cases, the tea used may have been the more popular black and green tea but we should not forget that white tea, rooibos and puerh also come from the same Camellia sinensis plant.
Moreover, white tea, being the least processed, is believed to be the best source of catechins, with green tea coming close. The oxidation / fermentation process, which has given black tea its unique taste, reduces the effectiveness of catechins in tea.
So now you have another reason to top up your cup with some more tea – to keep your mental faculties stay well tuned.
– taken from previous article Tea: Brain Drink by Salina Hainzl
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