POLYPHENOLS, ANTIOXIDANTS, AND THE THEANINE VITAMIN
While we’ve just paid attention to some very specific varieties of tea, what about the health properties of just a normal, regular cup of green or black tea? All tea has some health benefits and is definitely good for you. It is said that particularly green tea is the best overall, proposed to be lower in caffeine but higher in polyphenols, flavonoids, antioxidants, and theanine.
While caffeine is helpful for providing some short-term mental agility (or even just waking up in the morning!), preliminary studies conducted into the theanine vitamin have shown that it may play a role in helping to reduce the everpresent threat of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in later life. It may also help to reduce anxiety due to the effects of theanine. Theanine produces a “feel-good” feeling and appears to work on the human brain in a similar manner to glutamate, which is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the human body. Glutamate is used by the body to aid nerve impulse transmissions
Polyphenols are produced by plants usually as a method to reduce damage to the plant’s cell structure from the sun’s ultraviolet light. They are an antioxidant of particular interest due to strong associations with consumption and reduced cancer risk. They are also associated with protection against osteoporosis, cardiovascular (heart) diseases, diabetes, and a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. The types of polyphenol of most interest found in tea are flavonoids. The potential effects they may have on general human health and disease are incredibly significant, and as such they are the topic of vigorous scientific study. While a concrete conclusion is still being reached on these exciting