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The primary difference between GABA and other types of teas is the way it's processed. Most teas are categorized according to their processing and level of oxidation: black tea being fully oxidized; oolong being partially oxidized; green and white teas being unoxidized. Instead of being merely oxidized, GABA is exposed to a nitrogen-rich environment during processing. Japanese researchers discovered a few decades ago that this process enhances naturally occurring GABA in the tea. Since this discovery, GABA tea has become known and distributed for its health benefits.
GABA Tea was discovered by Japanese researchers in 1987. They were looking for a natural method to preserve food. They discovered that when allowed to ferment in a nitrogen rich atmosphere something magical occured.
The Japanese discovered that the levels of -aminobutyric acid [GABA] increase 5 to 10 times.
GABA Oolong contains copious amounts of GABA in a natural form, over 200 mg. per 100 grams of tea (Japanese Standard is 150). GABA is a naturally occurring human enzyme which functions as a calming and relaxing nutrient. It is now a daily health drink in Japan and only now making its way into the US.
It has a wonderful deep fruitiness; very complex with Japanese Plum notes, and marked cinnamon notes, as well. It is a bit reminiscent of a bai hao oolong, but less woodsy/earthy and more fruity/rich. It has a very unique and easy-to-drink flavor profile that is a bit hard to describe, to be honest.
Health Benefits: GABA is short for gamma-aminobutyric acid--a naturally occurring amino acid utilized by the human nervous system. GABA is known to act primarily as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the function of adult nervous systems. Not only naturally occurring, GABA is also utilized in supplemental form to encourage anti-anxiety and relaxation.
Because of its calming and soothing effects, GABA also lowers blood pressure, helps control hypoglycemia, prevents anxiety and promotes restful sleep.To an extent, it also regulates appetite, which is helpful in maintaining optimal weight; All tea has health-promoting compounds, but GABA tea has the highest concentration of antioxidants, including catechins, flavanoids, and polyphenols. Antioxidantsare helpful in fighting many types of disease including: cancer, Parkinson's, senility, drug-induced deafness, and Alzheimer's.
OTHER PURPORTED HEALTH BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Reduced high blood pressure
- Promotes Mental alertness
- Assists with Weight loss
- Helps relieve stress and anxiety
- Reduces alcoholic withdrawal symptoms
- Helps to prevent and cure hangovers
Origin: Chiayi County, Li Mountain, Taiwan