Tea for Mental Health
Mental health is on the tip of everyone's tongue these days. And, if
you're like me, you want to know what you can do to keep yourself
mentally strong and healthy. In the East, tea consumption has long been
associated with a healthy outlook and with appreciating life. Although
anecdotal evidence stretches back thousands of years, it is only
recently that scientists and mental health researchers have begun
systematically studying how tea helps. What they have found may surprise
and entice you!
We all want to be in tune with our worlds, our friends, our
activities, and our lives. And everyone worries about declining mental
abilities as we age. If we had a delicious drink that could help us in
both areas, wouldn't we make that part of our lives, and fast? In June
of 2008, researchers performed a study that included over 2500 Chinese
participants, looking at their daily intake of tea. When they examined
over time their cognitive abilities on a Mental Status Exam (in other
words their ability to be sharp, focused, and aware of the world around
them) they found that, "Independent of other risk factors, total
tea intake was significantly associated with a lower prevalence of
cognitive impairment"!has a huge potential effect in promoting cognitive health
and perhaps delaying the onset of dementia." The simple step of
adding tea to our lives can boost and protect our mental functioning!
Sounds simple to me.
But, as we all know, being alert isn't the only key to mental
health. Sometimes I'd rather not be aware of all the stressful
responsibilities that seem to always head my way!
Here's where tea's one-two punch really takes care of you:
When we imagine drinking tea, we often think immediately of a
peaceful afternoon, unwinding in a comfy chair, maybe in the sunroom or
curled up on the couch. Well, scientists have recently uncovered why
this association makes perfect sense. In 2006, researchers at
University College London published an article in the medical journal Psychopharmacology that
demonstrated tea's power to relax. They demonstrated that tea's unique
compounds effected participants, who "were found to have lower levels
of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood." When compared to
participants who drank a fake-tea, caffeinated liquid, the tea
drinkers' stress hormones were an average of 20% lower after being
forced to undergo a strenuous, challenging task. Next time I need to
unwind, I know what I'm reaching for!
So we now understand how effective tea can be in keeping us happy
and astute! Who knew it could be right there in your cup? And, with
Talbott Teas, not only can you increase your mental health and
cognitive abilities, as well as de-stress, it tastes really good too.
That's a win-win in my eyes.
Enjoy the power and benefits of tea!
Dr. Steven Nakisher