The tea has always been known for its health benefits. The Chinese and Japanese have this regularly in their meals.
Many people today are also drinking it as a way to lose weight despite the fact that it actually contains caffeine. The flavonoids in the drink are said to be responsible for reducing body weight and abdominal fat.
A new research published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, however, has found that tea can also lower blood pressure (BP) and relieve anxiety. Researchers in Japan tested how the drink affects the body when it is experiencing stress. They tested two compounds in tea (L-theanine which is an amino acid and caffeine) and had 14 subjects undergo three separate trials. The first group tool L-theanine and a placebo, the second group took caffeine and a placebo while the third group tool placebo only. The tests involved the subjects doing mental activities such as solving arithmetic questions while the other hand was submerged in the bucket of ice water.
Originally posted on December 24, 2012 @ 8:45 pm