Green Tea

Green tea, considered a healthy tea worldwide, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant which also yields black and oolong tea. While a small amount of caffeine makes it a gentle pick-me-up, EGCG and L-theanine are the main weapons in its arsenal. The “jitters” characteristic of caffeine can be countered by L-theanine, which increases GABA levelsContinue reading “Green Tea”

Chamomile

Well known for its sedative effects, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) could help you fall asleep by making you less responsive to external stimuli. It has apigenin which behaves like GABA, a sleep-favoring chemical, and could make you feel calm and relaxed. Another chemical mimics a pleasure-inducing hormone called dopamine, toning down anxiety. That apart, chamomile helpsContinue reading “Chamomile”

Ashwagandha

True to its adaptogenic status, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) helps you cope with stress, by reducing the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and then by preventing it from sitting on cell surfaces and triggering a stress response. It could make you feel more energetic too, thanks to the antioxidant withanolides that boost blood circulation asContinue reading “Ashwagandha”

How To Boost Your Immunity

Your immune system is your body’s department of defense. It prevents and deals with foreign invasion (read disease-causing microbes or pathogens) and quashes guerrilla forces (read free radicals) inside. For the first, it utilizes an army of specialized immune cells and for the second, it relies on a special unit of chemicals known as antioxidants.Continue reading “How To Boost Your Immunity”