UNIVERSITY STUDY SAYS TEA HELPS REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY
Posted on August 14th, 2009
By Walter Jayawardhana
City University London study says Sri Lankan’s favourite brew tea could significantly reduce anxiety levels after suffering a stressful experience.
The study by Malcom Cross, psychologist says in some cases in such situations make people calmer than they were before.
The study further said tea making itself reduced stress levels by up to a quarter.
The study found what millions of tea lovers believed for a long time, that if one is anxious or upset the cuppa really cheered one up.
The experiment , at the center of the study which placed volunteers in a stressful scenario and did not take tea immediately after the incident increased their stress levels by 25 per cent. Conversely, the study said, those who took tea after the stressful situation reduced their stress by 4 per cent.
Putting the kettle on to brew tea itself had some soothing effect the experimenting psychologist said. It tapped the participants into a collective conscious and symbolism, the study discovered.
Mr. Cross said, “This study shows that the social psychological aspects of tea enhance the effects of its chemical make-up on our bodies and brains. Its possible that the culturally rooted , symbiotic function between mind and body explains why Britons instinctively turns to tea in times of need.”
He further said, “Put simply, the findings illustrate what most mothers would tell us: if you are stressed , anxious or just feeling blue , make yourself a nice calming brew.”