When you hear the word focus what do you visualize? Perhaps a library with silence and zero distractions or maybe you think of a warm beach with the sounds of the ocean waves crashing nearby. Whatever you picture, many of the times we simply can’t pick up our belongings and go to those places that we’d love to be at. Instead, if you need to get a pile of tasks done and want to focus with clarity, then there is a one-of-a-kind drink you need called tea that can help you accomplish that and much more!

The three natural elements (chemicals) that aid in this process of pristine focusness are Theophylline, Theobromine, and L-Theanine. Consuming tea has been proven to reduce mental fatigue while simultaneously increasing the mind’s responsive time and active memory functions.

Unlike coffee beans, tea is the only plant that produces L-Theanine and caffeine both at the same time. Because of these brain-boosting components, tea has become a relic for some, it’s no wonder many have used it for centuries including with meditation rituals. Now don’t let the caffeine found in tea fool you, the caffeine in tea is half the amount found in coffee (between 30 to 50mg) yet it’s released at a much slower pace to your system and lasts longer rather than being used all at once. It’s definitely noticeable leaving one feeling energized for longer periods of time and getting more done. Consequently, tea will not leave you craving more caffeine like coffee does. For those who are intrigued, I suggest drinking some black tea, as it is a great choice that has been found to help massively with cognitive functions and to stay more alert.

Another way that tea excels in is by stabilizing your mood; without a good mood we can’t remain concentrated on what’s in front of us. Tea’s abundance of antioxidants will also help fight depression, and slow things down a bit. The way the brain absorbs the high levels of EGCG antioxidants and L-Theanine results in higher concentration, improved short-term memory, and a stable mood to get things finished. The antioxidants and L-theanine work by changing the electrical activity in the brain by increasing alpha waves thus raising focusness, attention, and better reaction timing. This is like the holy grail of drinks to take before an exam!

There are countless many variations of teas and some are more effective than others, but tea in general has been famously known for causing the sensation of one being calm and relaxed. Chamomile Tea, Peppermint Tea, and Lemon Balm Tea all do a great job at this and as mentioned earlier, have even been used to treat depression and anxiety. Given that different varieties of tea have more or less of the chemicals than others, no matter which variety you choose it’s still a great drink as a companion for coming up with ideas and letting creativity flourish. The best part of drinking tea is that while conventional over-the-counter anxiety treatments aren’t safe and can lead you down spiraling side effects; tea, on the other hand, is completely natural and proven to be efficient.

In conclusion, the next time you are in need of focusing on an assignment or task, drink some tea because we’re sure it’ll boost your productivity levels and your brain will thank you for it.  

Sources: http://limeredteahouse.com/blog/2014/04/30/7670/
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Author: Franco Colomba