GABA Oolong is a special tea that comes with many health claims attached. It’s a stunning drink with a velvety, earthy aroma and surprising fruity notes. Whether you’re keen to try out some of the potential health claims or not it’s worth getting simply for it’s taste appeal. Check out our blog post on it here for even more details on this amazing tea!
100g Loose Leaf
What is GABA tea?
The Japanese are to thank for the discovery of GABA. In particular DR. Tsushima Tojiro, who in 1984 discovered that anaerobic conditions encourage the conversion of glutamate to GABA. Basically DR. Tsushima and his group of researchers at the National Institute of Tea (sounds like a great place to us) produced a new type of tea.
GABA stands for (prepare yourself for some long words) gamma-aminobuytric acid. GABA is a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter (yes tea is that cool) that naturally occurs in the brain and helps ensure that information reaching your brain is fast and effective. We definitely need some assistance with that every now and again!
GABA is found naturally in Camellia Sinensis (the amazing plant where all tea comes from) but by oxidising tea in a high nitrogen, oxygen free (anaerobic) environment instead of oxygen during the oxidisation process, the amount of GABA is significantly increased because the glutamic acid in the leaves is converted to GABA. There have been further studies that have shown it is possible to gain even higher GABA levels by shading the tea bushes for about 2 weeks before picking. Pretty clever huh!
We provide the highest quality ethically sourced teas from all over the world. What could possibly be better than that you may ask… Well, our teas are 100% plastic free. From the bio-film we use to hold them, we also use biodegradable and compostable labels on our refills and sachets, so we have you covered to enjoy our tea responsibly. Because really, to enjoy natures wonders, we all need to take care of it.