Thursday July 18, 2019

Facing a Stressful Life? Drink Japanese Matcha Tea to Reduce Anxiety

"We hope that our research into Matcha can lead to health benefits worldwide," Kurauchi added

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Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90 per cent shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. Wikimedia Commons

Are you leading a highly stressful life? Worry not, Japanese Matcha tea will come to your rescue as researchers have found it to have various health benefits, such as reducing anxiety. Published in the Journal of Functional Foods, the study done on mice found that anxious behaviour in the rodents reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract.

According to the researchers, the tea’s calming effects are due to mechanisms that activate dopamine D1 receptors and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, both of which are closely related to anxious behaviour.

“Although further epidemiological research is necessary, the results of our study show that Matcha, which has been used as a medicinal agent for many years, may be quite beneficial to the human body,” said study lead author Yuki Kurauchi from Kumamoto University in Japan.

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“We hope that our research into Matcha can lead to health benefits worldwide,” Kurauchi added. Wikimedia Commons

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“We hope that our research into Matcha can lead to health benefits worldwide,” Kurauchi added. For the study, the researchers conducted an “elevated plus maze” test — an anxiety test for rodents — and found that anxiety in mice was reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract.

In addition, when the anxiolytic activity of different Matcha extracts were evaluated, a stronger effect was found with the extract derived using 80 per cent ethanol in comparison to the extract derived from only hot water. Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90 per cent shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. (IANS)

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Even Light Exercises Have Health Benefits

Although these light exercises may not be as beneficial to your health as vigorous activities are, they are still "much better than lying on the couch, watching TV"

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How exercise can help breast cancer survivors. Pixabay

Even light exercises like sitting on a balance ball, playing a musical instrument and gardening have a lot of heath benefits, a study suggests.

People who do such exercises have favourable insulin and triglyceride (blood fat) levels than those who spend the day sitting on the couch, the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, said.

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Representational image. Pixabay

“Replace sedentary activities with light-intensity activities such as pacing back and forth when on the phone, standing at your desk periodically instead of sitting and having walking meetings instead of sit-down meetings,” Paul Loprinzi, assistant professor at Bellarmine University in the US, was quoted as saying.

Although these light exercises may not be as beneficial to your health as vigorous activities are, they are still “much better than lying on the couch, watching TV”, said Bradley Cardinal, co-director of the sport and exercise psychology programme at Oregon State University.

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For their study, the researchers analysed information from more than 5,500 US adults who wore accelerometers to record their movements. (IANS)