One of the most outstanding properties of tea is its ability to control anxiety and reduce stress. Apparently, this benefit would be increased by a compound called GABA. Discover what it is about by reading this article!
What is the GABA compound and what is its function
GABA means gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a compound found in the brain and is one of the main neurotransmitters of the central nervous system.
Its function is to decrease the activity of neurons, which helps prevent and relieve anxiety and stress before they reach the motor center of the brain. It helps the body to maintain serenity and calmness. How about it?
But, the best of all is that according to recent scientific research, the GABA compound occurs naturally in Camellia sinensis.
Thanks to the discoveries of the Japanese scientists, there is a method that can be carried out in the elaboration of tea, to increase the proportion of this compound.
Dr. Tsushida Tojiro was the one who discovered in 1987 the existence of this compound in tea leaves. They say it was a casual event.
In turn, this procedure leads to the stabilization of even higher concentrations of GABA in the leaves of Camelia sinensis.
Currently the GABA compound is available in green tea and oolong tea varieties, from Japan and Taiwan.
How is the taste of GABA tea
It has an aroma and flavor very different from other teas. Experts in the subject define its aroma with notes of wood and its flavor with pleasant bitter notes to fruits.
Its texture on the palate is soft like silk and in some Taiwanese GABA oolongs, you can perceive the unmistakable flavor of cinnamon.
How is the process to increase the GABA compound
For the GABA concentration to be higher, the leaves must remain in the container for eight to ten hours.
This tea should contain at least 150 milligrams of GABA compound per 100 grams of tea.
Surprisingly, even though it is a Japanese discovery, most of the GABA tea available in the market comes from Taiwan.
Benefits of GABA tea for your health
Against subtracting stress
Contraindications of the GABA compound in tea
Like all food, it also has some side effects. Some scientists claim that if GABA levels are too high, you may experience:
Short of breath
Tingling in the extremities
Some research suggests that abnormal levels of GABA can even cause seizures. Although he still does not enjoy great fame, his knowledge is increasing slowly but steadily. You can find it in the most specialized tea stores in different countries and online stores.
Initially you may buy it out of curiosity or the promoted benefits, but once you try it, you will fall in love with its exquisiteness.