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CAN BLACK TEA HELP AID STRESS?…

Natural Health News says that black tea aromatherapy could aid stress but before you drink it read how this could help. Try inhaling it. New research shows that back #tea contains aromatic compounds that may help to lower stress levels and improve mood.

#Tea consumption has been shown to have many benefits on mood and attention, such as improving relaxation and concentration, reducing tiredness and psychological distress. But now scientists in Japan are looking in to not just at overall benefits of tea, but how specific components that make of the flavour and aroma of tea might influence health and wellbeing.

In a small study, published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology​, researchers at the University of Shizuoka, Chubu University, Mitsui Norin Co Ltd and Tokai University conducted a study to determine the effects of two kinds of black #tea aromas on physical and psychological stress. They reported that compared to those in the control group, those who inhaled black tea aroma had lower salivary CgA concentration levels after half an hour of mentally stressful tasks.

A student inhaling either Darjeeling or Assam tea aroma in the middle of a stressful maths test showed measurably lower levels stress.

Web MD wrote that researchers in London found people who drank black tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. In addition, tea drinkers had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after exposure to stress.

“Our study suggests that drinking black tea may speed up our recovery from the daily stresses in life. Although it does not appear to reduce the actual levels of stress we experience, tea does seem to have a greater effect in bringing stress hormone levels back to normal,” says researcher Andrew Steptoe, of the University College London, in a news release. “This has important health implications, because slow recovery following acute stress has been associated with a greater risk of chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease.”

Healthline point out that black tea may have a number of health benefits which include that it has antioxidant properties, may boost heart health, may lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, may improve gut health, may help reduce blood pressure, may help reduce the risk of a stroke, may lower blood sugar levels, may reduce risk of cancer, and may improve focus.

Source: Healthline, Web MD, Natural Health News