A nice hot cup of tea

BBC News: Black tea ‘soothes away stress’.

Scientists have evidence behind what many tea drinkers already know – a regular cuppa can help you recover more quickly from everyday life stresses. The study of black tea – instead of green or herbal varieties – found it helps cut levels of the stress hormone cortisol circulating in the blood. They found people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a tea substitute. The University College London study is in the journal Psychopharmacology. In the study, 75 young male regular tea drinkers were split into two groups and monitored for six weeks. They all gave up their normal tea, coffee, and caffeinated beverages, and then one group was given a fruit-flavoured caffeinated tea mixture made up of the constituents of an average cup of black tea. The other group was given a caffeinated placebo identical in taste, but devoid of the active tea ingredients.

When the July 7th bombs went off in London, there was a LiveJournal icon going around that said "Britain’s terror alert level has been raised to: A nice hot cup of tea."


  1. I love hot tea! And now living in the South, I love iced tea too. I’d rather have tea (hot or cold) over any other beverage.

    I tried to be a coffee drinker but tea is MUCH more relaxing and doesn’t taste “oily” or upset my tummy the way coffee does.

    My favorite teas are PG Tips, English Breakfast, and English Tea Time.

    What are your favorites?

  2. I’m glad your quote defined black tea. I had heard the story, but they didn’t say whether “black” referred to the leaf colour or milk state.

    I remember seeing a show comparing “Big Brother”-style reality TV shows from across the world. It was notable that all the shows were very similar, except that the response of the British version alone to every argument, scene, stress or trial was to have a cup of tea.

  3. There was another LJ Icon I’ve been trying to track down but can’t find. It said something like: “Trains stopped? Tea. Buses not running? Tea. Terrorists bring the capital to a standstill? More Tea Dammit!”

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