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GABA Oolong – This Oolong is pretty extraordinary…

GABA Oolong is a special tea that comes with many suggested 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!

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!

Plastic-free tea

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.





Best Drunk

Morning or Noon

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!

What are the potential health benefits?

GABA is very popular in Japan being found in drinks, cakes, chocolate and anything digestible really. It has a cult following in Japan much like Matcha for its known health benefits and natural calming properties. The positive effects that GABA can have on your whole well-being have long been studied. Lots of research has been published on GABA including in a journal named ‘biofactors’ who noted that it had many positive effects on users overall well-being. According to that journal, some of the positive effects that the tea might have are:

  • To reduce stress levels
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce the symptoms of depression
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Aid your circulatory system
  • Aid weight loss
  • Proven to have anti-ageing properties

Who knows for sure but we can certainly testify to its calming properties. Anything that might aid sleep and reduce stress levels is very important for our overall wellness. The average human should be getting around 7 – 9 hours sleep per night but with the introduction of blue light devises and never ending to-do lists most people are only getting around 6.8 hours.

It should be noted that tea is not medicine and there is much debate some of the GABA health claims. In any event, 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 its taste appeal.

The caffeine levels of this tea are estimated by our Leaf Tea Experts.  The more teacups, the stronger the suggested caffeine level!

100% Oolong tea

3 reviews for GABA Oolong

  1. janeysmith
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Had the best night’s sleep in ages following a cup of this tea. Have felt less tense despite challenging events and have no doubt that the tea has helped me. Tastes nice too!

  2. Dan Frydman
    5 out of 5


    Fantastic tea

  3. pikeamy
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I was very surprised to find noticeable effects from this tea! Not only is it delicious, but there is a significant amount of anxiety/stress reduction without feeling drowsy. I always keep some on hand for those rough days at work.

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