Caffeine In Tea
Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in tea. It is said that the stimulating quality of caffeine found in tea caught the attention of Emperor Shen Nong, 5,000 years ago, who was invigorated when tea leaves accidentally floated down into his kettle of boiling water. Caffeine's invigorating quality continues to make products like tea, coffee, and chocolate popular.
Caffeine has pros and cons, and like all things should be taken in moderation. Drinking between two and five caffeinated beverages per day is considered safe for most adults. However, some people are sensitive to caffeine's effects. Each individual is different, so it is good to listen to your body and do what is best for you. Caffeine can be beneficial due to its stimulating qualities. It can help you get past the slump you may feel in the afternoon or stop late day hunger pangs. Caffeine can also improve clarity for dementia patients, reduce respiratory symptoms for asthma sufferers, improve liver function, and benefits in the management of type 2 diabetes. It can also help those suffering from attention deficit disorder by providing improved focus and increased attention span.
Caffeine amounts vary between different varietals of teas and also with different tea processing techniques. Some believe that black tea has more caffeine than green tea, which has more caffeine than white tea. This is merely a myth. Another popular myth is that you can decaffeinate your tea by giving it a quick brew, about thirty seconds, and then discard the first wash. Some people mistakenly believe that the caffeine will be released by this method in the first wash and the subsequent cups will be caffeine free. This simply is not true.
I am not sensitive to caffeine at all, and am able to enjoy a cup of tea up until bedtime, as are many other people. However, if you are kept up at night when you consume caffeinated drinks late in the day, then enjoy your cups of tea throughout the morning and then switch to tisanes (herbal teas) for the remainder of the day. Chamomile tea is especially helpful at night to aid in falling asleep.
Raising my cup to you,