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Drinking Japanese Matcha tea reduces anxiety: Study



Do you live a very stressful life? Don't worry, Japanese Matcha tea will come to your rescue because researchers have found it has various health benefits, such as reducing anxiety.

Published in the Journal of Functional Foods, a study conducted on mice found that anxiety in mice was reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract.

According to the researchers, the calming effect of tea is caused by a mechanism that activates dopamine D1 receptors and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, both of which are closely related to anxiety behavior.

"Although further epidemiological research is needed, our results show that Matcha, which has been used as a drug agent for many years, may be quite beneficial to the human body," said study lead author Yuki Kurauchi of Kumamoto University in Japan. .

"We hope our research on Matcha can produce health benefits worldwide," Kurauchi added.

For this study, the researchers conducted an "elevated plus maze" test – an anxiety test for mice – and found that anxiety in mice was reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract.

In addition, when anxiolytic activity of different Matcha extracts was evaluated, a stronger effect was found with extracts obtained using 80 percent ethanol compared to extracts which only came from hot water.

Matcha is a new fine powder of leaves from Camellia sinensis green tea bushes (90 percent shade).


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