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The effects and benefits of Gaba tea

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Gaba tea is a unique variety of fermented tea containing an increased amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid. The main feature of this drink is a special technology of tea leaf processing, which allows you to save all the useful properties and rich biochemical composition. Despite the fact that Gaba tea has appeared on the market relatively recently, it has already gained wide popularity among lovers of fragrant and healthy tea.

What is Gaba tea


Gaba tea is a tea fermented in an anaerobic environment, without access to oxygen and retaining a higher dosage of gamma-aminobutyric acid. This amino acid has an effect on the human nervous system - it relieves mental overstimulation, normalizes sleep, blood pressure and circulation, and takes part in neurotransmitter processes in the brain.


Origins of Gaba Tea


Gaba tea was created in 1984 in Japan at the National Tea Research Institute by a team of scientists led by Professor Tsushida. It was then that a unique technology of tea leaf fermentation without oxygen access was developed, thanks to which it retained the maximum amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid and other useful components.


This new fermentation process completely cuts off the oxygen supply to the raw material so that the glutamic acid in the tea leaves is completely transformed into gamma-aminobutyric acid while maintaining the original level of caffeine and catechins.


Gaba tea quickly gained popularity in Japan, and gradually its production was opened up in Taiwan as well. By the end of 1999, gamma-aminobutyric acid was also being produced in Thailand, China and Vietnam, where its technology had been perfected.


Features of Gaba tea production and collection


Gaba tea uses tea leaves from the bushes growing in an ecologically clean region - the mountain plantations of Alishan province. Thanks to the sunny weather that alternates with frequent fog, the tea leaves accumulate the maximum amount of beneficial vitamins, micro- and macro-elements, and amino acids.

Peculiarities of Gaba tea harvesting and production:

  1. 8-10 days before harvesting the tea leaves are shaded, sheltering them from direct sunlight and wind.
  2. In mid-April the manual collection of raw materials begins, which lasts until mid-December (April and May leaves have the greatest health benefits).
  3. After hand picking, the top tea leaves are evenly spread out in a dry, warm and well-ventilated place to dry.
  4. After drying, the process of fermentation of raw materials begins - the prepared raw material is poured into special metal containers, from which oxygen is pumped out beforehand. The lack of oxygen activates the conversion of glutamic acid into gamma-aminobutyric acid, the other components that make up the tea leaves remain unchanged.
  5. The enzymatic stage lasts at least 24 hours, after which the processed leaves are rolled up and packed for further sale.


Important: In the process of twisting Gaba leaves can be mixed with various fruit, herbal or floral additives that make their flavor and aroma more intense and interesting.


Varieties of Gaba Tea


Gaba tea is divided into several types depending on the region of cultivation and production - it can be Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese.

The main varieties of Gaba tea:

  1. Mi Huan Gaba oolong has a rich, buttery-bread flavor. It is considered a real "record-breaker" in terms of gamma-aminobutyric acid content.
  2. Gaba Oolong - Gaba oolong of medium fermentation, with a pleasant floral aroma and a honeyed herbal aftertaste.
  3. Sy Zi Chun - weak fermentation gives a light, refreshing taste with delicate floral notes.
  4. Qing Xiang - has a rich bread flavor with delicate spicy notes, in the aftertaste of the drink there is a distinct sourness of rose hips or green apples.
  5. Guo Wei is a tea with a sweetish honey-caramel flavor with a high content of gamma-aminobutyric acid.
  6. Gaba Pushong is a red highland variety of tea with a light floral and honey flavor and exquisite aftertaste.

No less popular is the green Puer Gaba, which attracts the attention of tea lovers with its exquisite biscuit-spicy taste and expressive aftertaste with subtle notes of prunes and juicy figs.


Gaba Tea Description


Gaba tea, the effect of which has been carefully studied by official medicine, has a spherical, curled shape, a pleasant, rich taste and light aroma. Depending on the variety of tea, the taste may have an aftertaste with subtle floral and honey or creamy notes.

Warning. Chinese Gaba tea is made as pure as well as with the addition of aromatic flowers, medicinal herbs, pieces of fruit and berries. Such additions improve the taste and aroma qualities of the drink without reducing its beneficial effects on the human body.


Flavor and aroma of Gaba tea

Depending on the variety, Gaba tea has a pleasantly fruity-spicy, floral-honey or bread-and-spice flavor with subtle hints of rose hips, green apple, sweet caramel or fragrant honey. Red Gaba tea has a light smoky, pine aroma. The aftertaste is gentle, without tartness.


Appearance and color

The color of the brew can vary from greenish yellow to rich golden, dark brown, and nutty-chocolate. Gaba tea leaves have a rounded, spherical shape.


How to brew and drink Gaba tea correctly


How to brew Gabu depends on the type of tea. Before making any drink, tea leaves should be rinsed of dust and dirt particles. To do this, pour cool water over the raw material and immediately drain it.


Preparation of tea:

Green - a tablespoon of brew pour a cup of water at 85 ° C. Leave it to infuse for 7-10 seconds, with each subsequent brew time increase by 20-30 seconds.

Black and red Gaba tea is brewed in the same way as green tea. The raw material should not be steeped in boiling water as it reduces its useful properties.

Gaba Oolong - teaspoon brewed pour 200 ml of water with a temperature no higher than 90-93 ° C, then drain the water and refill. Oolong Gaba should infuse at least 8-10 minutes.


Important: Gaba tea brew can be used several times. Repeated infusions do not reduce the amount of useful substances in the tea leaf.


How much to drink?

Gaba is good for your health only if consumed in moderation. For preventive purposes, it is recommended to drink no more than 1 cup of flavored drink per day. In case of problems with sleep, stress and nervousness daily portion can be increased to 2 cups.


Helpful properties

Properly brewed Gaba tea is indispensable for frequent stress, intellectual and physical fatigue, because it contributes to the rapid recovery of the body.

Useful properties of the drink:

  1. It improves brain activity and memory, promotes concentration, improves the ability to perceive and remember new information.
  2. Reduces manifestations of various poisonings, including alcohol intoxication.
  3. Normalizes blood pressure, improves tone and elasticity of the vascular walls.
  4. Stimulates the digestive system, removes harmful toxins and toxic compounds from the body.
  5. Activates the metabolism, "running" the process of burning fat cells and helping to lose weight.
  6. Improves the condition of the liver, accelerates the natural renewal of its cells.
  7. Normalizes sleep and helps to combat insomnia.
  8. Increases stamina and performance, playing the role of a natural "energy.
  9. Slows down the death of nerve cells, reduces anxiety, effectively combats depression.
  10. Regular consumption of Gaba tea is considered an effective cancer prevention, because the drink contains high amounts of antioxidants.

Gaba tea is good for women. Regular use of fragrant drink with antioxidant properties improves skin tone and elasticity, disappears unpleasant symptoms of PMS and menopause, normalizes the menstrual cycle.

Gaba tea is no less useful for men. It increases libido, normalizes erectile function and strengthens the potency. The drink has a restorative, tonic and revitalizing effect, which is especially important for men engaged in sports or heavy physical labor.


Gaba Tea Composition

The fragrant drink contains a huge number of biologically active substances that are beneficial to the body.

Gabba tea, the properties of which are due to its rich composition, contains:

  • caffeine - has a stimulating effect on the nervous system;
  • thianin - improves brain activity, tones and stimulates the nervous system;
  • gamma-aminobutyric acid - reduces nervous tension;
  • catechins - improves the cardiovascular system, strengthens the walls of blood capillaries;
  • alkaloids - accelerate the removal of harmful radicals from the body, strengthen the heart, stimulate blood circulation.

Gaba tea contains a high content of flavonoids, which are essential for the proper functioning of all internal organs. Thanks to a special fermentation technology the drink retains all the useful substances contained in the tea leaves.


Possible harms and contraindications

Gaba tea has a unique composition with a large number of active substances, so uncontrolled use of such a drink can cause serious harm to health.

Important! Consumption of the drink in excessive quantities causes side effects - palpitations, choking sensation, trembling in the hands and feet, sleep disorders, anxiety.


Also the drink has contraindications for use:

  • renal dysfunction;
  • arterial hypotension;
  • type 2 diabetes.

From the use of tea Gaba have to give up women during pregnancy and lactation. Drink the drink with acute exacerbations of chronic diseases can be used only after prior consultation with your doctor.




Store the raw tea in a darkened and dry place, away from direct sunlight, as they can impair the flavor and aroma of Gaba. This tea quickly absorbs other foreign flavors - store it in a hermetically sealed container or vacuum packing.



Gaba tea is a delicious and fragrant beverage with many health benefits. It is made by a special fermentation technology, which preserves all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids contained in the tea leaf. When drinking this fragrant beverage, remember about moderation, because Gaba in large quantities can harm your body.