Steeping leaves, roots, and flowers of plants to create herbal teas is an ancient art – one that promotes rejuvenation, wellness, and calmness. In the AyurvedaIndian Ayurvedic system, tea has been used for more than 250 years to support health and wellness. Tea is known for its nutritional properties, including its benefits of keeping one’s brain in great condition, slowing down memory loss, preventing degenerative diseases in the brain, enhancing memory, focus, and concentration. Apart from all these benefits, a great cup of tea can be just the kickstart you need for your day! We have listed some of the top refreshing teas that boost memory and concentration.
Ashwagandha (white cherry) Tea
Ashwagandha is a herb that has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. The tea prepared from its roots is known to have profound and potent benefits, especially on brain function. These include processing information, improving memory and concentration, and elevating attentiveness. A pilot study conducted in 2017, showed that Ashwagandha does have a positive effect on long and short-term memory, especially in people with minor cognitive impairment, and they also showed some improvement in concentration levels.
The green tea leaves, grown in the shade, are stone-ground to make a fine powder, and this is the Matcha Tea. This tea can be had mixed with hot water, or the powder can be added as an ingredient in desserts, lattes, smoothies, and baked food. Given that Matcha is concentrated, the caffeine level is almost the same as a cup of coffee. Matcha contains a compound - l-theanine – which is known to reduce stress, making the consumer feel calm and able to focus. Matcha tea proves to be an able ‘companion’ to elevate brain function and clarity and improve cognition, which in turn enables a person to study better and focus on the task on hand.
One of the healthiest teas, Green Tea, is a must have in your kitchen cupboard! It contains natural antioxidants – catechins and flavonoids – that are responsible for the much loved unique flavor and also the range of health benefits, including enhanced cognitive functioning. Green Tea fights the harmful free radicals that bring about oxidative stress, which is a process that breaks down the natural processes of the body. Oxidative stress acts on the body as rust acts on iron. Green Team prevents these collapses thereby supporting cognition, memory, and concentration.
Not only is ginger tea tasty, it is possibly one of the healthiest and most beneficial teas. Ginger is known to increase memory and attention, and cognitive function. Drinking ginger tea helps to reduce inflammation, ease digestion, and reduce pain. Ginger also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which help to prevent common illnesses.
Turmeric is another potent ingredient – a spice that is known for its medicinal properties. These include positive effects on memory and concentration, and cognitive functioning. The tea prepared from this ingredient has a vibrant bright gold-orange color.
When you are feeling down and low on energy, black tea is the shot of caffeine you should reach for, especially if you do not want to drink coffee. Given its caffeine content, it acts as an energizer and a stimulant and is the perfect start to a busy day.
White teas, oolong teas, and other teas work as stimulants because of their caffeine content, and l-theanine that helps to promote focus and concentration. These teas are great for those who need some stimulants, but do not want to take in too much caffeine. In addition, they are rich in antioxidants and because they come in a range of flavors and tastes, everyone can find one that they would love. Go ahead – savor goodness!
Drinking herbal teas is one of the healthiest food choices, and their effect on brain function and health, and memory and concentration, make them must haves! The range of healthy compounds - theobromine, caffeine, and L-theanine – are antioxidants that have several positive and long-lasting health benefits. Pick your choice cup today and drink up health!
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