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Abstract Title:

Versatile Effects of GABA Oolong Tea on Improvements in Diastolic Blood Pressure, Alpha Brain Waves, and Quality of Life.

Abstract Source:

Foods. 2023 Nov 12 ;12(22). Epub 2023 Nov 12. PMID: 38002159

Abstract Author(s):

Chih-Cheng Lin, Chih-Yu Hsieh, Li-Fen Chen, Yen-Chun Chen, Tien-Hwa Ho, Shao-Chin Chang, Jia-Feng Chang

Article Affiliation:

Chih-Cheng Lin


Emerging evidence has demonstrated that using a new manufacturing technology to produceγ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-fortified oolong (GO) tea could relieve human stress and exert versatile physiological benefits. The purpose of this human study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of daily GO tea consumption on improvements in blood pressure, relaxation-related brain waves, and quality of life (QOL) over a period of 28 consecutive days. Total polyphenols, major catechins, and free amino acids were analyzed via an HPLC assay. Changes in heart rate, blood pressure,αbrain waves (index of relaxation), and the eight-item QOL score were investigated on days 0, 7, 14, 21, and 28. The chemical analysis results showed that GO tea contained the most abundant amino acids and GABA, contributing to the relaxation activity. Among all study participants, the daily consumption of GO tea could reduce systolic blood pressure on day 21 and diastolic blood pressure on day 28 (<0.05 for both). For participants with pre-hypertension, GO tea could effectively reduce heart rate and systolic and diastolic blood pressure on day 28 (<0.05). At the end of the study, incremental changes in alpha brain waves and QOL scores were also demonstrated (<0.05 for both). This study suggests that GO tea might potentially serve as a natural source for alternative therapy to improve blood pressure, stress relief, and QOL.

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