National Hot Tea Day: brain benefits of tea

January 12th is National Hot Tea Day. Let’s toast our teacups and celebrate by understanding the brain benefits of tea, like peppermint, chamomile, green and black.

January 12th is National Hot Tea Day (with January as the National Hot Tea Month) as declared by the Tea Council of the USA in 2016. Let’s toast our tea cups and celebrate by exploring some types of tea – chamomile, peppermint, black and green – and their cognitive benefits.

Tea and memory

A regular cup of tea is found to be beneficial to your cognitive health.

In a study of 1,003 Japanese participants aged 70 and above, it was concluded that the more green tea ๐Ÿต they consumed, the lesser the cognitive impairment was. In another study of 2,501 Chinese adults aged 55 and above, regular consumption of black (fermented) and oolong (semi-fermented) tea โ˜•๏ธ “was associated with lower risks of cognitive impairment and decline independent of other risk factors.” (1)

Both black and green tea inhibited an enzyme activity in relation to a brain ๐Ÿง  neurotransmitter imbalance that causes Alzheimer’s disease. According to Dr. Ed Okello, lead investigator: “Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development.” (2)

Dr. Okello, a green tea ๐Ÿต drinker, also said, “The ageing politician, Tony Benn, is a prime example of somebody who drinks tea and has a fantastic memory. He is said to drink 18 pints a day and has a very sharp mind for a man of his age.” (2)

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development.

Dr. Ed Okello

Brain tea for two: peppermint vs. chamomile

In an experiment conducted by the Psychology Department of Northumbria University, peppermint and chamomile tea had been proven to have contrasting effects… While peppermint tea makes you alert; thereby, improving memory, chamomile tea impairs cognition as it calms you down. (3)

Doris Day – Tea for Two (1950) uploaded by Kudret Laurentius, on YouTube

Picture me upon your knee –
With tea for two and two for tea;
Just me for you
And you for me alone.

Doris Day song, Tea For Two

Peppermint tea

Peppermint contains theanine, an amino acid (a building block of protein), found in green tea. Its combination with caffeine is found to promote better memory and learning; thus, became popular as a nootropic supplement typically found in the form of a pill, drink or gum. (4)

While theanine is good for treating anxiety and high blood pressure, it is also used to make cancer treatment more effective. Similar to glutamate, theanine also transmits nerve impulses in the brain and helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. (5)

Chamomile tea

Like peppermint, chamomile can alleviate anxiety and possibly prevent cancer cells from developing. But in addition, it also ease menstrual cramps and reduce inflammation, as well as “help” prevent blood sugar increase, slow down osteoporosis and relieve cold symptoms (although more research is needed on those last three claims). (6)

Because chamomile calms you down and lowers mental alertness, it will naturally and temporarily impair your memory.

Please note:
Peppermint and chamomile should be taken as supplements; and should not, in any way, replace medicine, especially when prescribed. Please consult your doctor.

References:
(1) Okello, Ed. (2016, September 14). A memorable cup of tea. Retrieved from https://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacuk/instituteofneuroscience/files/A%20memorable%20cup%20of%20tea%20and%20other%20natural%20products%20%20-%20ARUK%202016-Ed%20Okello.pdf.
(2) University Of Newcastle Upon Tyne. (2004, November 1). Tea Could Improve Memory, Study Shows. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/10/041030144110.htm.
(3) Herbs that can boost your mood and memory. (2016, April 29). Retrieved from https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/2016/04/herbs-that-can-boost-your-mood-and-memory/.
(4) Theanine. (2018, December 30). Retrieved January 4, 2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theanine.
(5) Theanine. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2019 from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1053/theanine.
(6) Villines, Zawn. (2017, November 15). What are the benefits of chamomile tea? Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320031.php.

Opening the New Year chapter

Officially starting the new year with an Edith Lovejoy Pierce quote, your opportunity book has blank pages for you to fill in. Yes, opportunities are there waiting for you to take. Anything you may have done wrongly in the past is a lesson. Today and going forward, you will get better!

Happy New Year ๐ŸŽŠ, friends!!! I just canโ€™t wait for the end of this write-up to say that.

I am also “officially” starting my year 2020 today with a quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce below. Itโ€™s for you, too . . . as that is just perfect for day one of “our” 365 journey (together?). ๐Ÿ˜

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Yearโ€™s Day.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce quote | I Call Her Mnimi | AboutMnimi.com

The blank pages represent all the opportunities that you are yet to take – to start over and make things a whole lot better – this year. You may have done some stupid things in the past and that’s alright. It is done and gone. It’s your lesson and hopefully, you learned. Today and going forward, you’ll make up for those . . . and you will get better!

For the obsessive-compulsive, like me, I mark today, January 1st, 2020, as that day. ๐Ÿ‘Š Haha.

Little girl, Mnimi, drawing on her book of opportunity for the new year - a red and blue house under a yellow sun which symbolizes a happy home - I Call Her Mnimi - www.AboutMnimi.com
Inside her Opportunity Book, little Mnimi draws a colorful house on a sunny day – her representation of a happy home.
I Call Her Mnimi | http://www.AboutMnimi.com

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Speaking of the new year, I would have loved to start it by going to the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade but I let myself stuck on this blog instead, which I love, too!

Tournament of Roses Parade

2018 Full Rose Parade uploaded by TheeWolfGirl13, on YouTube

For those of you who donโ€™t know what ๐ŸŒนRose Parade is, itโ€™s the annual parade of marching bands, equestrians and fabulous floats covered with fresh roses and other flowers ๐Ÿ’. It is a tradition during New Yearโ€™s Day in Southern California (unless it falls on a Sunday, then it will be moved on January 2nd).

Every year, in Pasadena, California, this flower-filled event follows a theme.  Today is about The Melody of Life and I can only imagine flowery musical floats. We’ll check out the actuals later on…

If you have already executed your first-of-the-year plan today, good for you!  For the Rose Parade fans who have settled on your best viewing spots, high five!โœ‹๐Ÿฝ But for those of you who were not able to purchase tickets, you can see the after-parade showcase for a fraction of the cost.๐Ÿ’ต

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Also, if you are like me who is always on the look-out for some local events, below is a list for January, February and March that you can put on your calendars in advance.  Cheers! ๐Ÿฅ‚

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