Here in the UK, we rarely pass on an offer for a lovely warm cup of tea. And that’s a good thing! Because it turns out that cuppa we all love so much can help protect against cognitive decline.
I’ll drink to that!
According to a new study, drinking as little as a single cup of tea a day can slash your risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive decline in half.
But before you continue, why not make yourself a nice cup of tea that you can enjoy with this great news.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore spent seven years collecting data from 957 elderly Chinese patients and found that daily tea drinking reduced the risk of neurocognitive disorders by 50 per cent.
The results were even more impressive for those who came from families with a history of Alzheimer’s or dementia – and who were already genetically susceptible to cognitive decline.
These tea drinkers reduced their risk by a whopping 86 per cent!
In the study, the tea drinkers didn’t have to change what they ate… or sweat buckets while exercising… or make any other lifestyle changes. All they had to do was drink at least one cup of tea every day.
The researchers believe that bioactive compounds in tea leaves (catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins, and L-theanine) have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a result, long-term tea drinking will protect your brain from vascular damage and the resulting decline of your nervous system.
That means you can keep your independence longer and protect your precious memories even longer.
The researchers also added that it doesn’t matter if you drink black tea or green tea. The only thing you have to remember is that it has to be brewed from whole tea leaves.
If you’re not already drinking tea, there’s really no reason to wait. Tea has been shown to protect against bone breaks, fight coronary artery disease, and even reduce your risk of death from certain types of cancers. Green tea in particular can also jumpstart your metabolism.
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Daily Cup of Tea Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Seniors, worldhealth.net/news/daily-cup-tea-reduces-risk-alzheimer-and-dementia-/
Daily consumption of tea may protect the elderly from cognitive decline, study suggests, sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170316093412.htm