Best teas for studying
By kborowsky August 24th, 2018
What teas can help you study?
Whether you are studying for school or self learning, prepping your brain with the right food will help you better concentrate and retain information.
While some people may want the maximum jolt with energy drinks or strong coffee, this probably is not the best way to go for a few reasons, but mainly the caffeine curve will last about 60-90 minutes before it wears off. While coffee can raise alertness, and has the advantage of more caffeine per serving, tea does have unique advantages when it comes to mind function.
Improve Memory with Tea
Drinking green or black tea can improve memory. Both teas inhibit the breakdown of an important neurotransmitter associated with forming memories. According to researchers at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, coffee does not have the same effect.
Green and white tea come out ahead in other brain enhancing functions. Green and white tea possess more of a chemical known as L-theanine. L-theanine resembles glutamate, a neurotransmitter related to memory. Once theanine passes through the blood-brain barrier, it exerts a brain-protective effect.
Improve Concentration with Tea
Other studies suggest that the combination of l-theanine and caffeine may improve cognitive function. In particular, a dose of l-theanine and caffeine before a demanding cognitive task may significantly improve concentration, accuracy and alertness. Theanine has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood in a synergistic manner with caffeine.
In addition, another chemical compound in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been found to boost the production of neural progenitor cells, which like stem cells can adapt, or differentiate, into various types of cells. In effect, EGCG helps trigger the generation of neural cells, which in turn helps improve memory
To help boost brain function you need to comprehend and memorize, drink green, purple or white tea. You can also drink Oolong, preferably once that are lightly oxidized (light green in color). For additional stimulation, try Matcha - a powdered form of tea with slightly higher concentrations of caffeine and l-theanine.
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