Tea Makes You More Creative, Says Study
Originated in China, tea is one of the most popular beverages around. It was introduced in Britain and Portugal priests and merchants in China in the 16th century. Later, the British in India began the commercial production of tea. The most common types of teas are black, green and white tea. There several health benefits of drinking tea and according to a new study, tea can improves focus and mental clarity. This, in turn, makes you more creative.
A study was conducted by the psychologists at China’s Peking University and it included 50 students with an average age of 23. During the study, which was published in the Food Quality and Preference, 25 students were given a glass of water and the other 25 students were given black tea. The researchers then analyzed the creative and cognitive skills of the participants. The participants were asked to construct a creative and beautiful building using the building block and the second task was to give a creative name to an imaginary noodle restaurant. The students who were not part of the study judged the tests. It was found that the group who were given tea to drink scored 6.54 for constructing a building and 4.11 for innovative restaurant name as compared to water drinkers’ score of 6.03 for creating a building and 3.78 for the restaurant name. Those who drank tea consistently scored higher than those who drank water. (ALSO READ Beauty Benefits of Tea: Top 5 Home Remedies Using Tea for Better Skin and Hair).
The study concluded that tea enhances cognitive skills. Tea contains theanine and caffeine, which the researchers found improved focus. The study claims that you can feel the effect within minutes of drinking tea. However, it was noted that only a small amount of tea was consumed by the participants of the study and it is inconclusive whether the beverage will enhance your creativity and focus in the long term.
The report says, “This work contributes to understanding the function of tea on creativity and offers a new way to investigate the relationship between food and beverage consumption and the improvement of human cognition. Two biological ingredients, caffeine and theanine, have beneficial effects on attention, which is an indispensable part of cognitive function. But the amount of tea ingredients our participants absorbed was relatively small. Also, theanine facilitates long-term sustained attentional processing rather than short-term moment-to-moment attentional processing.”
Further research is required to know the long-term effect of tea, until that time, enjoy your cuppa.