GABA tea was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Tsushida Tojiro from Japan’s National Tea Experiment Laboratory in 1987. He was attempting to preserve various foods and in the process discovered that tea leaves exposed to nitrogen increased the natural levels of GABA ten fold. Since then, GABA tea has become a standard part of the Japanese diet. So why have we not heard about this before? The fact is, GABA is one of the most widely discussed natural health treatments on the market today.
GABA (or gamma-Aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system of our brain. Its role is to regulate and inhibit the excitability of our nervous system and it is widely used as a health supplement. GABA is an invaluable nutritional supplement for body builders, power lifters, runners, martial artists, and athletes of all types as it increases lean body mass. GABA also has significant calming and soothing effects, and has been found to lower blood pressure, control hypoglycaemia, prevent anxiety and promote restful sleep. What Dr. Tsushida discovered was a way to produce a large quantity of all-natural GABA in tea leaf using a unique oxidation process. And from here, GABA tea was born.
GABA Oolong tea is one of the richest food sources available for natural GABA. On top of that, it also contains all the health-promoting compounds of tea including antioxidants like catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols.
GABA Oolong tea is one of the richest food sources available for natural GABA due to the distinct quality of the oolong tea leaf and its semi-oxidised nature. The farm that produces this tea is a certified organic plantation that uses natural farming and harvesting process. I selected this GABA Oolong tea over many others I've tried because I really enjoyed how it tastes.
Every farm produces slightly different tasting tea due to the level of fermentation, coupled with the skills and experience of the farmer. The flavour of this medium-fermented tea sits closer to a black tea (think raw Pu'er) with a hint of Oolong freshness. It has a smoky, dark undertone coupled with a subtle floral note, followed by a smooth and sweet aftertaste. If you're like me and love a cup of Oolong in the evenings or night-time then this is a perfect companion. Due to its unique GABA content, this tea will soothe the mind and prepares one for a good night's rest.
The farm that produces this GABA Oolong tea is located in Mingjian Township in Nantou County. It is a certified organic farm and meets the strict standards set by both the Taiwanese and Japanese government when it comes to GABA tea production. This tea is vacuum-packed direct at the farm to maintain its freshness.
If you like to read more of the process and background of GABA, I have included them in the Links tab.
Organic GABA Oolong Tea.
Notes: Full body with a light brown colour, smoky pine fragrance with a slight floral undertone and a smooth, nectary aftertaste.
Premium grade, single-estate Oolong Tea from Mingjian Village, Nantou County.
Sourced direct from a certified organic tea farm.
Natural GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), antioxidant, antibacterial, destress and calming, mental alertness, high blood pressure, weight loss.
Fermentation: Medium (60% - 70%).
Loose leaf, vacuum packed, 2 years shelf life.
A 150 gram (5.3 oz) pack brews approx 30 cups.
Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of tea leaf with 120 ml of near boiling water.
Put tea leaf in a pot and do a quick rinse with hot water. Discard the liquid.
Steep the tea leaf with hot water for 30 to 40 secs and pour into drinking cup or pitcher.
Repeat the steeping and mix the brews together to get a great tasting cup of tea with amazing fragrant aroma.
You can easily make up to 6 or 7 brews and still retain the body and flavour of this quality tea.
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