A delicious green drink can be a golden key to helping treat anxiety, a fairly common and complex mental health problem.

Scientists from Kumamoto University (Japan) have proven that their country’s famous matcha tea powder not only makes delicious drinks but also good for health. Experiments in mice show that it directly affects two important neurochemicals and is a powerful anti-anxiety agent.

Matcha is the ingredient that has made many popular drinks over time – (artwork from the internet).

According to Dr. Yuki Kurauchi, MD, lead author of the study, in animal experiments, matcha has shown a direct effect on the two dopaminergic and serotonergic systems in the brain, helping them function. stronger. These are the two systems that help produce dopamine and serotonin, two important neurotransmitters.

Dopamine, dubbed the “happy hormone”, increases dopamine to help us feel happy, satisfied, motivated in all life activities, boosting the brain … Meanwhile, abundant serotonin helps you increase ability to regulate mood and appetite, sleep better, increase awareness … Deficiency of these two hormones can lead to low mood, ease anxiety and even anxiety disorders, a fairly complex syndrome journal in psychiatry.

Matcha is a famous Japanese green tea powder, the leaves of green tea (tea) are finely ground. Green tea plants used to make matcha must be grown under 90% shade and cared for in a special way by indigenous people. Matcha is often used to make a variety of drinks and is also a material for coloring, flavoring for food.

Dr. Kurachi added that in order to make a more positive assertion, an epidemiological study on humans is needed. However, the evidence they have collected is sufficient to show that matcha brings certain benefits to human health.

The research has just been published in the scientific journal Journal of Functional Foods.