Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tea produces a relaxed but alert state of mind.

L-theanine is an amino acid found almost only in green, black and oolong tea. It has been shown to stimulate alpha-brain wave activity, which is associated with a relaxed yet alert state of mind.
The calming affect can last for up to nearly two hours

The science of theanine and brain activity is just developing, but the current evidence
suggests that the rejuvenating effects of tea on mood, cognitive function and psychomotor performance may be in part be due to this theanine. It is thought that L-theanine in tea may serve to blunt the stimulatory effects of caffeine in tea. Some even believe that tea may be a remedy for extreme stress or poor concentration.

Since theanine may help the mind stop racing it also seems to help promote a more
restful, sound sleep because sleep is also not interrupted by random thoughts.

Concentration, stress and poor sleep go hand in hand with chronic pain. I know I feel better after a cuppa. Now I can understand why. I like the idea of a relaxed yet alert state of mind.

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