Tea and Its Effects on Depression

Tea and It's Effects on DepressionToday I am going to speak to tea and its effects on depression.  This article is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical issues, but we are going to explore some of the components that may help in calming you after a hard day.  Earlier this week, I read an article relating to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and the treatment of depression.  Essentially, the scientists noted that when treating patients who had inflammation, they noticed a reduction in their depression symptoms.  The reason for this is currently unknown at this time, but it suggests that the immune system and one’s mental condition are more interlinked than previously thought. 

So how does this relate to tea? Well glad you asked.  There are a few components in tea that have been noted to assist with fighting depression!

Theanine

It is reported that green tea helps assist with fighting depression. This is traced back to a little amino acid called theanine. Theanine is naturally found in the tea leaves. It is this amino acces that helps to provide a relaxation benefit to the drinker. When you drink coffee instead, you only get caffiene which tends to result in tension. Whereas with green tea, you are being dosed with theanine, which is why tea tends to be relaxing instead.

EGCG

A recent study suggested a link between tea and a reduced risk of depression. One of the other compounds thought to be at play is high concentration of EGCG.  EGCG is a type of polyphenol.  Polyphenols are a type of compound that is derived from plants.  The polyphenols found in tea are suggested to have a wide array of healthy effects.  EGCG, in particular, is found in white and green teas in large quantities, but also in black teas in smaller quantities. After consuming it, the levels in the blood tend to spike within 1.7 hours. Scientists are currently evaluating the compound’s use to help with a wide range of disorders, one of which being used to treat depression.

Fighting Inflammation

Studies have shown tea to have anti-inflammatory properties.  In these studies, it was suggested that tea may even work to halt arthritis.  It is thought that the polyphenols that I mentioned before, are what results the anti-inflammation properties in tea.  More research needs to be done in regards to how much of a factor that inflammation plays in mental health.  So far these new studies show to be a promising method of treating depression.  And at the very least, reducing inflammation definitely helps a person to feel better.

Wrap Up   

Tea is definitely known in studies to be linked to a lower risk of depression.  Though the mechanisms as to why this is the case are yet to fully understood.  So if you’re having a down day, then it wouldn’t hurt to sip a cup or two of your favorite tea to have a moment to relax.  What are your thoughts on this subject?  Do you have anything to add to the conversation?  If you liked this article, it may interest you to find out the other benefits of tea.

If you enjoyed this article, don’t forget our other articles on tea!

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