Posted by Jeremy @ Arbor Teas on January 25, 2016
GABA tea is a dark oolong tea that has an abundance of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), an amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Like other GABA supplements, GABA tea can be taken to help relax the mind and body during times of stress.
Where Does GABA Tea Come From?
GABA tea is relatively new to the tea world. It was developed in the 1990s by Dr. Tsushima Tojiro, a scientist at Japan’s National Tea Experiment Station. Dr. Tojiro found that tea leaves that are deprived of oxygen during the oxidation process respond by producing an abundance of GABA, a naturally occurring substance in all teas.
This is not the first time that teas have been “exploited” to increase certain properties. For example, the Japanese tea Gyokuro is covered during the final weeks of the growing process in order to stress the tea and cause it to send more nutrients into the leaves. This is responsible for Gyokuro’s deep green color and elevated levels of chlorophyll and L-theanine, an amino acid that increases the production of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA in the brain.
What is GABA Tea Good For?
GABA tea is an excellent afternoon tea, especially during times of high stress. Because its caffeinated, GABA tea is not going to make you sleepy the way Chamomile might. Instead, its effect is of a calm alertness. For this reason, it’s a great tea to brew up when you’re faced with high-stress work situations when the only way out of a project (or a day at the office) is through it.
What does GABA Tea Taste Like?
Our organic GABA oolong is mellow and smooth, with hints of tart plum and a gentle woody sweetness. It’s excellent on its own or with a little honey.
Curious? Grab a sample in your next tea order! A sample package contains 8 servings, and is a great way to try a new tea with a small commitment.