Influence of continued ingestion of matcha on emotional behaviors after social stress in mice.
Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2019 Jul 3:1-7. Epub 2019 Jul 3. PMID: 31267836
Matcha has high contents of theanine, caffeine, and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Among these, theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses, although this effect is disturbed by caffeine and EGCG. It was reported that the continued ingestion of high-quality matcha, whose molar ratio of caffeine and EGCG to theanine and arginine was kept at less than two, reduces stress responses. However, most matcha on the market has an inadequate ratio. Therefore, we investigated the influence of continued ingestion of matcha with a ratio of over two, on emotional behaviors after stress. Continued ingestion of matcha was suggested to reduce the anxiety-like behaviors induced by psychological and physiological stresses.