Need a Quick Brain Boost? Drink a Cup of Tea
A cup of hot tea always seems to help the situation — whether you’re coming inside from the cold, trying to de-stress, or hunkering down to get some work done.
But a recent study reported in The Daily Mail claims that tea does more than just make you feel cozy; it can actually be beneficial to the creative abilities of your brain.
Study Finds Tea Enhances Creativity
Most regular tea drinkers will agree that drinking a cup of tea is an enjoyable, uplifting and relaxing experience. In a study led by Yan Huang at Peking University in China, researchers concluded that this good mood may be responsible for a burst of beneficial brainpower.
Huang’s researchers looked at a group of 50 students, half of whom enjoyed a cup of tea, while the other half drank a glass of water prior to taking two creativity-oriented tests.
One test required the students to make an ‘attractive and creative’ design out of building blocks, while the other prompted them to make a ‘cool’ name for a noodle restaurant. Student entries were judged by a group of peers and received points for creativity and design. In both tests, tea drinkers came out ahead: 6.54 points against 6.03 points in the first test, and in the name test, the tea drinkers scored 4.11 against 3.78.
Researchers believe the positive mood created by the tea helps to awaken the brain’s divergent thinking ability — more commonly known as creativity.
While two ingredients in tea — caffeine and theanine — are known to help boost cognitive function, researchers pointed out that the quantity consumed in the study was inadequate for claiming responsibility for any improved functionality. They further noted that theanine has been linked to long-term, not immediate, improvements.
Next time you’re having trouble getting started on a creativity-based task, try enjoying a cup of green or black tea — it may just be the boost you need.
For everything you need to know about the many individual health benefits of the different types of tea, check out our article Herbal, Black or Green? How to Know Which Tea Offers the Best Health Perks for You.
Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer, published in numerous national and local outlets. An avid vegetarian, animal lover and reader, she loves learning about healthy eating and finding natural cures for everyday ailments.