Have you heard the buzz about GABA? The human enzyme that functions as a natural tranquilizer? GABA supplements are popping up in health food stores everywhere and consumer demand for GABA products is increasing every year.
With all this fanfare, little attention has been paid to GABA tea – an all natural source of GABA. GABA tea was discovered by Japanese scientists more than 20 years ago. They were attempting to preserve various foods and in the process discovered that tea leaves exposed to nitrogen increased the natural levels of GABA 10 fold.
Since then, GABA tea has become a standard part of the Japanese diet. The Japanese value GABA tea for its calming properties and it has been found to have numerous health benefits including lowering high blood pressure.
However, unlike that other Japanese gift to health – green tea – GABA tea has not caught on in the western world. This is puzzling to Su Chiu Kuei, the owner of a large GABA tea production facility in Taiwan.
“GABA tea has more health benefits than green tea,” says Su, “and is also more flavorful. By all rights it should enjoy more popularity than green tea.”
There is a lack of awareness about GABA tea in western countries. Even though GABA tea has been a staple of the Japanese diet for more than 20 years, most people in the United States have never heard of it.
That is unfortunate, because GABA tea is particularly suited to combating the #1 scourge of the American lifestyle – high blood pressure.
Numerous scientific studies have confirmed that GABA is an excellent treatment for high blood pressure. Because of its inhibitory function it causes the muscles lining blood vessels to relax which increases blood flow.
The same inhibitory function is responsible for GABA’s role in anxiety reduction and stress relief. GABA is increasingly being prescribed as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical tranquilizers. It has no side effects and is non-addictive.
Many Japanese include GABA tea as part of their daily diet. It is even served to children to stimulate mental alertness thus giving them an advantage in school.