A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study – within minutes of drinking a brew.
Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found.
The findings suggest it could be the antidote to everything, from writer’s block to artists looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions.
Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly.
Instead, researchers believe tea works to enhance and create a ‘positive’ mood which in turn sparks the brain’s cognitive regions into life.