Calm Your Anxiety with Green Tea Extract

green tea extract for anxietyThe health market is filled with supplements designed to calm your mind. Besides being manufactured artificially, these mood boosters can also be found in herbal products like tea. The only difference on the various teas is the processing method. According to a study in 2009 done by the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine showed that green tea can help relieve stress by as much as 20%.[1] You can read all about mood boosting and stress relieving supplements here.

History of the Use of Green Tea

Green tea is derived from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Though having originated in China some 5,000 years ago, it has become widespread even in the West where it has undergone significant scientific studies to prove its long believed health benefits.

The discovery of green tea’s health qualities dates back hundreds of years where it was used for regulating body temperature, promoting digestion and even healing wounds. Asian countries like Vietnam, China, Korea and Thailand have a rich history of using this herb for various remedies. The herb is said to have been discovered as a remedial herb by Sheng Nong in 2737 B.C. [6]

How Green Tea Extract Works

The amino acid called L-theanine that is responsible for the unique taste that green tea has is also responsible for the calming effects found in the tea. Research shows that L theanine may shift brain wave activity from beta waves (that accompany anxiety) to alpha (that promotes relaxation). [2] L-theanine increases production of chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine which induce calmness. Though tea does contain caffeine, the amino acid is known to neutralize the effect. [3]

On the study mentioned above involving eight female university students, four ranked to have the highest anxiety and the other four the lowest anxiety were tested with 200 mg of L-theanine dissolved in 100 ml of water. The result was a generation of a high alpha wave emission which proves the relaxation effect of the amino acid. [4]

Green Tea Extract Benefits

Green tea extract benefits you in many ways. Green tea is not only effective in calming the nerves but has been found to lower bad cholesterol levels, improve the flexibility of the blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Green tea also contains the cancer-fighting flavonoid epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC) which is a 100 times more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C and 25 times more than vitamin E.

Green Tea Extract Dosage

How much of the most popular beverage in the world (after water) is enough for you? Drinking doses range from 1-10 cups daily using 1 teaspoon of tea leaves in 8 ounces boiling water. [5] The accepted green tea extract dosage in ‘tea drinking countries’ like those in Asia is 3 cups a day which provides 240-320mg of polyphenols (antioxidants from plants that enhance health and are the main active ingredient of green tea).

Standardized green tea extract is about 90 % total polyphenols and a single capsule would equal one cup of tea. Green tea supplements come in different shapes; tablets, capsules, patches and others. Pills and capsules usually contain between 250-500 mg of green tea extract. A daily dose of 300-400mg in these extracts is recommended .

Green tea and green tea extracts are generally safe. Other choices of tea that may help with anxiety according to users include Chamomile Tea, Peppermint Tea, and Lemon Balm Tea.



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