If you haven't become a tea drinker by now, maybe this will convince you. Research is suggesting that tea consumption may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in seniors at 55+ years of age. Specifically, according to research conducted by the Department of Psychological Medicine at National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, daily tea consumption can reduce cognitive impairment in elders by as much as 50%... and by a whopping 86% in seniors with a genetic predisposition for the Alzheimer's Disease.
The research study, which was led by Assistant Professor Feng Lei at the Department of Psychological Medicine, consisted of testing the tea-drinking habits of 957 Chinese seniors at 55+ years old. The research team discovered that it did not matter what 'type' of tea (green, black, so on) was being consumed; however, the tea had to be prepared by brewing the tea leaves, in order to provide the benefits. Dr. Lei's research team suggests that the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves that exhibit bioactive properties protect the brain from neurodegeneration. For more information, refer to the Science Daily article, "Daily consumption of tea may protect the elderly from cognitive decline, study suggests."
Over the years, there has been a lot of research about the health benefits of drinking tea. Different types of teas are known for specific benefits. For example, green tea is the only one to contain the polyphenol antioxidants and herbal teas have medicinal qualities. Here are a few benefits from drinking tea:
- Lower Cholesterol
- Blindness Prevention
- Reduction of Cortisol
For more benefits, check out this article: "The effects of l-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood."
Click HERE to read about the top 10 health benefits of tea, as analyzed by the Today Show.
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