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Fancy a cup of creativi-TEA?

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Drinking a cup of tea could make you more creative, reveals a new study. 

Scientists have found that a simple cuppa sparks an instant burst of brainpower by putting people in a good mood.

Minutes after downing a brew, students scored better in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water.

Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly.

Instead, it is believed tea create a 'positive' mood which in turn sparks the brain's cognitive regions into life.

Scientists have found that a simple cuppa sparks an instant burst of brainpower by putting people in a good mood

Scientists have found that a simple cuppa sparks an instant burst of brainpower by putting people in a good mood

The findings, made by Chinese researchers, are the latest to delve into the benefits of drinking tea. 

They come after a major study in December concluded that drinking a daily cup of tea could slash the risk of developing glaucoma. 

How was the study carried out? 

Nearly 50 students were monitored for the experiment, which was published in the journal Food Quality and Preference.

Half were given a cup of black tea to drink, while the rest were given half a glass of water before taking two different tests.  

The first cognitive test saw them asked to make an 'attractive and creative' design out of building blocks, Peking University scientists noted.

Lead researcher Yan Huang said the participants were asked to come up with a 'cool' name for a new ramen (noodle) restaurant in the second.

Their results were judged by other, non-participating, students for creativity and design and marked on a scale by the researchers.

OTHER BENEFITS OF A CUP OF TEA 

A daily cup of tea slashes the risk of developing a serious eye condition, research suggested in December.

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