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May Tea be the Drink of Love

February is the month of love and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we are interested in finding out, what makes people fall in love with one another?

Many factors go into the chemistry behind attraction and romantic love. There are four chemicals in your brain that play the largest roles in deciding who we fall in love with: dopamine, oestrogen, serotonin and testosterone.

Dopamine is what makes reward-based behaviour feel so rewarding. Oestrogen and testosterone, present in both men and women are what give us that healthy bedroom appetite! And serotonin which helps regulate your moods as well as being the neurotransmitter that allows for obsessive thinking and behaviour.

Given how much tea people drink, there is growing interest in understanding whether this habit has any medical benefits. According to doctors, green tea contains an amino acid called theanine that may affect the release of serotonin which helps reduce stress and increase sexual desire and function, and secretion ofother neurotransmitters including the calming neurotransmitter GABA and the activating neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine which increase desire, adrenaline and exhilaration.

So, there you have it, a clear link between our love of one another and our love of a good old cuppa. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!