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Green tea fights off depression


Just thought to share this with you all

Apparently it say that if you drinking few cups of green tea that would help/reduced depression! I'm drinking one (organic tick tock) right now with squeeze of lovely thyme honey! Delicious! :-)

In analyzing data on the study members, the scientists found that those who drank four or more cups of green tea each day were 44 percent less likely to have depressive symptoms (compared to those who drank one or fewer cups of green tea daily). Certain compounds in green tea may offer anti-stress and anti-inflammatory effects, which could in turn curb the development and progression of depressive symptoms


Green tea consumption may help to increase the levels of serotonin in your brain, according to an article published in 2009 in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." The active ingredient most likely responsible for this effect is L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea that can cross the blood-brain barrier and may be able to get the brain to produce more serotonin. Serotonin itself cannot cross the blood-brain barrier and must be produced in the brain if it is to be used in the brain.


Medications that affect serotonin levels are often used to treat depression, as increased serotonin can minimize symptoms of depression. The "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" study found that elderly individuals who drank the most green tea had fewer symptoms of depression than those who drank the least green tea, even after adjusting for many other factors which could affect depression.

What exactly is L-theanine? Well L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that has a soothing, calming effect on people who drink it. Drinking green tea containing theanine has been shown to stimulate production of brain waves known as alpha waves, these are seen when a person is in a relaxed state. It also alters levels of neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine that can affect moods.

It's also believed that the theanines in green tea may help to reduce symptoms of anxiety. Despite the caffeine content, many people feel mellow after drinking a cup of green tea. This may be due to the theanine counteracting the effects of the caffeine. While theanine isn’t in high doses in American green teas there are still smaller traces of it, so drinking the tea will still alleviate your mood and make you feel better

Happy drinking!!!! Xx

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Since I have been unwell I have been drinking camomile tea and some green tea. Maybe I should up my green tea intake. Thanks for that, Minnie 12.

Lindenlea. I read your messages,and wouldlike to askyyou if they would affect me as I am on the SSRI Anti-meds called Escitolopram 15 mgs a day, which I take in the mornings and they put me back to sleepagain,I am also on Valium many years Please answer thankyou,my anxiety and depressionis awful Thankyou

in reply to Lindenlea

There's no harm in trying. Green tea is also very good for skin and digestive system. Is also in loads of flavours. i'm on 10mg a day Escitalopram and do notice the effect without the drowsiness.

Those herbal drink doesn't affect those meds I think but you might need check with gp either pharmacist ok? X


I know they say don't take St Johns Wort with anti-depressants but don't know about any others.

What is St Johns Wort please? x


Hi. tin. St. Johns Wort is an old herbal remedy derived from the plant of that name. It was used in medieval times to treat depression (melancholia, as they called it then) and can be effective. But NEVER take it with any other medication without consulting a doctor or pharmacist. Valium (Benzodiazepine family) is a derivative of the plant Valerian. But in modern medicine they 'synthesise' it. They take out the part that they consider useful and discard the rest. Nature left it all in because the balance is affected if you only take out that which we consider useful. Of course, by synthesising they can make it a lot stronger than the original from the plant. A lot of the old remedies used by the pharmacists of their day were very effective, but then there was not the pressures in life that we have today. Perhaps there was, but there were a lot less people about!! Regards. jonathan.

You can't take St Johns Wort with any other medication and it has to be completely out of your system if you will be starting ADs (you'll need a week clear of either). Also you can't take them with the pill!! It does say all this in teh packet but that last bit is pretty important so wanted to reiterate!!

Green tea, good call! Not a big fan of the taste but might have to give it another go. Thanks! x

in reply to sasays

Tick tock green tea do not have bitter taste at all!! It sells in tesco! Check it out xx

Green tea is great, although it does contain caffeine. Although much less than black tea or coffee. You can get specifically decaffeinated green tea though, it might be better to make sure you don't have a negative reaction should caffeine not agree with your system.


GrGreen tea contains L-Theanine which is involved in the formation of GABA. GABA is a chemical in the brain responsible for creating the calming and rhythmic electrical impulses in the brain. Despite its caffeine content which is significantly lower then the levels found in beverages such as coffee, this replacement for coffee drinkers will lead to huge improvements in your mood.

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