What Is Gaba Tea and Why Is It So Good For You?

What is GABA tea?

Discovered over twenty years ago in Japan, GABA tea is made by exposing tea leaves to nitrogen during their processing. At the time this discovery was made, Japanese scientists were experimenting how to better preserve food. During their experimentations, they discovered that exposing tea leaves to nitrogen actually increased GABA levels in tea.

That’s Fine…But What Is GABA Anyway?

GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is one of the main neurotransmitters for the CNS (Central Nervous System).  It acts as a kind of brake, in that it prevents over-excitement of the nervous system. For example, many common medications prescribed for stress or anxiety actually stimulates GABA receptors to provide greater relaxation. Decreased GABA levels in a human brain have been well documented by medical studies to be associated with many psychiatric or nervous system disorders.

GABA not only works on the nervous system, but it also affects the endocrine system as well. Human Growth Hormone has been found to increase naturally with people taking GABA supplements.

One hundred grams of GABA tea contains around 150 -250 milligrams of GABA. In comparison, regular green tea only contains six milligrams per 100 grams! Melon juice, also high in GABA, has 100-150 milligrams per 100 milliliters of juice.

Organic GABA tea is usually made from oolong tea though it can also be made from green tea and black tea.

The popularity of GABA Products in Japan

Because of the many benefits found in GABA tea, it is very much promoted in Japan. In Japan, you can not only readily buy GABA tea, but you can also buy GABA soft drinks and even GABA chocolate! In fact, you will find GABA supplements included in all kinds of food that is sold in supermarkets there.

While less well known in other parts of the world, it is beginning to increase in popularity. It is fairly easy to find a GABA supplement, such as GABA capsules or other related items in pharmacies and health food stores, and even GABA soft drinks in some countries. However, as stated above, one of the best sources of GABA, and one of the cheaper sources is GABA tea.

So, What Does GABA Do Exactly?

While there are many benefits attributed to including GABA rich foods in your diet, one of the main benefits is that it increases alpha brain waves. This, in turn, will help to improve a person’s mental focus and activity. In other words, it will promote a greater sense of well-being. Following is a categorized list of some of the documented benefits of GABA:

Circulatory System

  • Lowers blood pressure, making it perfect for people suffering from high blood pressure.

Mental and Stress-Related

  • Provides stress relief, lowers anxiety levels
  • Helps alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder and depression
  • Aids in better memory retention
  • Is said to also increase overall mental alertness
  • Has been proven to help people undergoing alcohol detox programs by making the withdrawal symptoms lessen. (By the same token, it also is meant to be a great cure for a hangover!)

Health and Beauty

  • Aids in weight loss (as does most oolong teas)
  • Has natural anti-aging properties and as such helps to improve the elasticity of skin and prevent wrinkles  from forming
  • Is a natural sleep aid, not only helping you go to sleep faster but also ensuring that your quality of sleep is great

Aside from those benefits, there are a few other advantages enjoyed when your GABA nutritional requirements are met.

  • –Increases your energy levels
  • Great for providing extra endurance when needed
  • Has antibacterial properties
  • Increases sexual performance (perhaps that goes along with the extra endurance and energy levels?)

The great thing about GABA is that these benefits are actually very well documented through years of scientific study. Because there is valid proof of the health benefits of GABA, and no side effects, supplemental GABA is increasingly being prescribed by workers in the health industry.

In summary, aside from the regular health benefits that all organic tea has, such as the abundance of antioxidants and other healthy compounds, GABA tea also has exceptionally high levels of natural GABA. This combination makes organic GABA tea one of the healthiest choices available when it comes to organic tea.