Recent studies have shown that mountain tea can contribute to dealing with various mental diseases that are associated with the malfunction of monoamirgenic neurotransmission.
More particularly, thanks to its phytochemical composition, mountain tea can act as a monoamine reuptake inhibitor. Monoamine neurotransmitters include serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. For this reason, mountain tea can be beneficial in cases of anxiety, depression and even attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
It is worth mentioning that mountain tea is high in flavonoids and polyphenols and this makes it a clever choice if we want to enhance our body’s antioxidant defences and prevent oxidative stress.
According to researchers, the calming effect of this herb can significantly benefit us, contribute to the reduction of stress and improve our overall mental health.
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