Feeling a little blah these days? Maybe it’s time to start a green-tea habit.

New research suggests that drinking this sky-high-in-antioxidants green brew may help ensure that you never feel down in the dumps.

Amazing Tea Trend
In a study involving more than a thousand elderly adults in Japan, those who reported drinking 4 or more cups of green tea a day were also 44 percent less likely to experience depression — mild or severe. More research is needed to confirm a causal effect, but we already know that green tea is tops for many other health reasons. So you have every reason to sip away while the jury deliberates.

Amino Acids Have the Edge
In the study, coffee and other types of teas didn’t seem to have the same emotional benefit as green tea. So what gives? It’s not entirely clear yet, but researchers suspect a type of amino acid — called theanine — found in high levels in green tea might play a role. In animal research this compound seems to help increase the brain’s supply of two mood-boosting chemicals: serotonin and dopamine. And as a refresher, here are a few more reasons that drinking green tea is so great for you:

The recipe for green iced tea is very simple. You can use agave syrup, Splenda, or some other sweetener aside from granulated sugar to make it healthier.

Iced Green Tea

8 cups of cold water
1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar (or Splenda or about 3/4 c of agave syrup)
6-8 bags of green tea.

In a big pot, pour in cold water and sugar. Turn on the heat, and stir the sugar until the water becomes translucent again. Cover the pot of sugar water, and allow the mixture to boil. Meanwhile, place the green tea bags in a large container (with a lid) that can handle hot water and quick temperature changes. Once the water boils, turn off the heat, and immediately pour the sugar water into the large container. Cover the container (with the lid or foil), and allow the tea to sit or steep and cool for 10 minutes. Then place the container in the refrigerator, or pour yourself a glass with a bunch of ice!

References:  Green tea consumption is associated with depressive symptoms in the elderly. Niu, K. et al., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009 Dec;90(6):1615-1622.

It’s summer! And nothing says it better than fabulous, refreshing iced tea. But don’t just settle for the plain ol’ bag of green tea. Go for a custom brew. This pitcher has a special infusion chamber that lets you mix loose teas, fruits, herbs — whatever you fancy. Create your own house blend, like lemon-thyme-green or lime-mint-green. Mmmm, mmmm — delish!

  

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