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It is about time to move along from 2020 and celebrate the world's second most-consumed beverage in the world – tea! Just in time for National Hot Tea Day and Month, you can take comfort in knowing soothing true teas – which include black, green, white, dark and oolong – have been linked to numerous, de-stressing health benefits. While tea drives comfort and relaxation year-round, January is the perfect time to toast to its goodness.
Something to Sip On:
According to a 2020 survey of 395 Americans conducted by Seton Hall University and commissioned by the Tea Council of the USA, consumers are choosing tea not only for cardiovascular health and immune-supporting benefits, but for improvement of mood, too. 93% of respondents felt calm while drinking tea, while 84% felt centered. Green tea was most associated with emotional and mental health, with black tea thought of as a pick-me-up. 86% of respondents cited having a unique, preferred tea routine to unwind, making it clear consumers are counting on tea-time as a relaxing ritual.
The Soothing Science:
Studies investigating L-theanine and caffeine – the components of true teas originating from the Camellia sinensis plant – have found that L-theanine is associated with improved relaxation, tension and calmness. L-theanine helps you relax by reducing the stimulation caused by caffeine. Studies have also found that L-theanine and caffeine support attention and memory and minimize distraction. 1
In addition, a 2020 review of studies examining pure L-theanine, concluded that 200-400 mg/day of L-theanine may help reduce stress and anxiety in people in stressful conditions. 2
A systematic review of research on tea has shown green tea supports anxiety reduction, cognition and brain function. 3 The benefits of black tea are bountiful too, with a separate study demonstrating when subjects consumed 2 cups per day, they demonstrated greater levels of attention. 4
"Although tea can be found in more than 80% of households across the nation, it is much more than just a popular beverage," says Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA. "Tea is rooted in evidence-based health benefits and steeped in tradition, from plant to cup. We look forward to seeing how consumers make these tough winter days a little brighter with tea."
How Do You Take Comfort in Tea?
The Tea Council of the USA's annual #IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes to honor National Hot Tea Day on January 12th and National Hot Tea Month throughout January runs through January 31, 2021. For a chance to win $500, a year's supply of tea and a self-care prize pack, steep a cup of black, green, white, oolong or dark tea and share your photo or video and description on https://app.wyng.com/individualiTEA or on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil. To receive a bonus entry, follow the Tea Council of the USA on Instagram or Twitter at @TeaCouncil.
About the Tea Council of the USA:
The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1950 as a joint partnership between tea packers, importers and allied industries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. It functions as the promotional arm of the tea industry with a primary goal of increasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its many positive attributes.
1. Dietz C, Dekker M. Effect of Green Tea Phytochemicals on Mood and Cognition. Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(19):2876-2905. doi: 10.2174/1381612823666170105151800. PMID: 28056735.
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