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The one that was popular after the London subway bomb?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061004173749.htm

Source: University College London
Date: October 4, 2006


Black Tea Soothes Away Stress

Daily cups of tea can help you recover more quickly from the stresses of
everyday life, according to a new study by UCL (University College
London) researchers. New scientific evidence shows that black tea has an
effect on stress hormone levels in the body.

The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that
people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who
drank a fake tea substitute. Furthermore, the study participants who
drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks were found
to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after
a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or
placebo tea for the same period of time.
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The one that was popular after the London subway bomb?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061004173749.htm

Source: University College London
Date: October 4, 2006


Black Tea Soothes Away Stress

Daily cups of tea can help you recover more quickly from the stresses of
everyday life, according to a new study by UCL (University College
London) researchers. New scientific evidence shows that black tea has an
effect on stress hormone levels in the body.

The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that
people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who
drank a fake tea substitute. Furthermore, the study participants who
drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks were found
to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after
a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or
placebo tea for the same period of time.
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Recently, I've been taking Quixtar's Nutrilite® Double X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient tablets, and I've found that they have a remarkably strong anti-depressant effect on me. They shut down my negative self-talk. I find I'm smiling at strangers on the street. At Balticon, [livejournal.com profile] dcseain (who was working for me) noticed after I'd mentioned that I was in a better mood than usual, that I was calmer with both the customers and him. There's one effect which is a little annoying, but probably good--in some ways, I'm less patient (frex, with nominally fun activities that I wasn't enjoying), but I think that's because I've got more concern with how I'm spending my time.

Unfortunately, there are two downsides. One is that I was concerned about having enough for Balticon so I was spacing them out. The withdrawal is nasty--I was more depressed/more negative about myself than my previous baseline. I don't know how long it would take for withdrawal to end, but at some point, I'm going to experiment and find out.

The other is that I don't know what's so special about them. I've taken other vitamins, and they haven't had a striking anti-depressant effect. I'm concerned about not knowing what in the Quixtar vitamins might be important--I'd like to know what else I can use if Quixtar or Nutrilite changes the formulation, so I'm posting the ingredients here in case anyone's got some ideas about what might be going on. Afaik, they're generally pretty likable vitamins, but the way I've reacted to them is unusual.

Ingredients list )
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It looks as though fish oil is good for me. Might it be good for the cats (one with dry fur, one possibly depressed, one young and healthy who might as well get anything possibly useful and harmless)?

I've googled, but most of what I've found is commercial sites. What I want is either scietific studies or personal accounts on a site that isn't biased. I did see a couple of studies, but they were for specific skin conditions. There was also one statement that fish liver oil is a bad idea for cats--too much vitamin A.
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It looks as though fish oil is good for me. Might it be good for the cats (one with dry fur, one possibly depressed, one young and healthy who might as well get anything possibly useful and harmless)?

I've googled, but most of what I've found is commercial sites. What I want is either scietific studies or personal accounts on a site that isn't biased. I did see a couple of studies, but they were for specific skin conditions. There was also one statement that fish liver oil is a bad idea for cats--too much vitamin A.
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I just notied an entry in [livejournal.com profile] lydy's lj about ginger tea's warming effect and I was wondering--are there any teas with a similarly cooling effect?

I tend to run warm, and I'm *not* looking forward to a Philadelphia summer with highly limited air-conditioning.
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I just notied an entry in [livejournal.com profile] lydy's lj about ginger tea's warming effect and I was wondering--are there any teas with a similarly cooling effect?

I tend to run warm, and I'm *not* looking forward to a Philadelphia summer with highly limited air-conditioning.

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