Category Archives: Tea

L-Theanine and the Brain

L-theanine (N-ethyl-L-glutamine) is a non-proteinaceous amino acid that is found in high amounts almost exclusively in tea (Camellia sinensis). In fact, L-theanine accounts for around 50 % of the amino acids in tea leaves. L-theanine is structurally similar to glutamic … Continue reading

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Why Does Tea Create Calmness?

Tea is known to induce a state of calmness and this is verified through both anecdotal and empirical evidence. The reason for this may be sereralfold, but one of the main mechanisms is suggested to be the fact that tea … Continue reading

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The Antimicrobial Effects of Tea Polyphenols

Black tea with milk has incredible calming properties that make it an ideal drink during periods of stress. Being ill with a microbiological infection is a significant stress on a human body and tea is a drink that is often … Continue reading

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Not All Tea is Created Equally

Tea is generally evidenced to be a healthy drink. Tea is thought to confer beneficial health effects on those who consume it regularly because of the phytochemicals it contains, and this includes a range of antioxidants including catechins and tannins, … Continue reading

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Tea: How Much is Too Much?

Tea is a healthy drink that may confer significant health benefits to consumers. In particular, tea has been evidenced to protect from cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such Parkinson’s disease. The beneficial effects of tea are likely brought about … Continue reading

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Alternative Sources of Flavonoids

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that have some interesting health effects. Of particular note is the evidence that they act as antioxidants in humans and animals. Regular consumption of flavonoids may reduce the risk of developing certain Western lifestyle … Continue reading

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Tannins and the Gut

Tannins are a group of phytochemicals present in many plant foods. One important source of tannins for humans is black tea. The tannins in tea are produced from the flavonoids in green tea when black tea is fermented. Tannins have … Continue reading

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Tea as The Easy Option

Consuming plant foods for their health-giving properties is an effective way to improve the general state of a person’s nutritional intake. Plant foods contain high amounts of antioxidants, and are also generally alkaline forming foods, and this makes them an … Continue reading

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Does Tea Inhibit Carbohydrate Absorption?

One reason that tea may have health benefits is because of the weight loss effects seen with regular consumption. The exact reason for this is not fully understood, but a number of mechanisms have been described including the ability of … Continue reading

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Tea: Physical and Mental Relief

Tea is a decoction made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Tea is an interesting herb because it is the most widely consumed drink after water, and because it has such a well researched group of health effects. The effects of … Continue reading

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