Dentists everywhere rave about the powerful benefits that tea has on your health, including your teeth, rather than coffee. The acidity of coffee tends to eat away at the enamel on our teeth, which only makes tea a more common beverage among those who are looking to keep their pearly whites happy and healthy. In our previous post, we started giving you the many great benefits that tea provides to the human body. With bioactive compounds showing health improvement and anti-oxidants flowing through our veins, we’re positive when we say that tea is a wonderful drink to consume. Putting oral health benefits and bioactive compounds aside, here is another great benefit that green tea can provide to you:
Enjoy the following green tea benefits if you drink it regularly.
Green tea has shown to improve brain function and even make you a bit sharper.
Did you know that green tea has more properties to it than just keeping you awake? It can also make you sharper and smarter! The key ingredient here is the well known stimulant, caffeine. Although green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, it can give consumers the same response as coffee without the awful jittery feeling associated with drinking too much caffeine.
Caffeine’s act on the brain:
When you drink caffeine, it makes its way to the brain and blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter that we know as adenosine. When the caffeine does this, it increases the firing of neurons within the brain, as well as the concentration of neurotransmitters, just like norepinephrine and dopamine. Because of this, the study of caffeine has shown consistent leads to increase many different aspects of brain function, including improved vigilance, mood, memory and reaction time.
There’s more to green tea than just caffeine.
Although green tea is known for its main ingredient, caffeine, it also contains a powerful amino acid called L-theanine which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, causing a sense of relaxation, while keeping your brain stimulated. For this reason, many individuals love drinking green tea. Not only does it help many of the people who drink it with anti-anxiety effects, but studies completed on this amino acid have shown that it also increases the production of alpha waves and dopamine within the brain.
Knowing this, researchers have figured out that the combination of L-theanine and caffeine can have synergistic effects on the human brain. In fact, they say that the combination of the two compounds are very potent at improved the function of the brain.
Less Buzz, Better Effects
Remember when we said that green tea has smaller doses of caffeine? Well in the same study that revealed that combining caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects on the human brain also told researchers that the combination of the two can also create a much calmer and contrasting “buzz” than coffee.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that it’s a fact when we say that green tea contains a lesser amount of caffeine than coffee; however, it is enough to produce an effect consumers want. Additionally, green tea contains the amino, acid L-theanine, which works synergistically with caffeine to produce an improved and calming brain function.
Now, are you convinced that green tea has more great affects on the human body than just oral health? We invite you to contact our dentist in Woburn today to learn more about how making the switch from coffee to green tea can not only help your brain, but your oral health. Stay tuned for our next blog where we will give you a more in-depth look at green tea’s effect on teeth.