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UCL in the News: The benefits of: Tea

20 June 2007

Is there anything else as universal as tea? … You don't need a scientist to tell you that the simple act of taking a regular tea breaks at work, or just a nice cup of tea and a sit down, are great stress-busters, but research has found that tea may actually have a positive effect on lowering the body's stress hormone levels.

A study undertaken at UCL found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress quicker than those who had drunk a tea substitute. The real tea drinkers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, the hormone that increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels, which have been linked to feeling stressed. …

Dean Irvine, CNN