Drinking a cup of tea every day is good for your brain because scientists say it could help protect against age-related decline
- Three dozen adults aged 60 or older participated in the study
- They were asked to participate in a series of cognitive tests and to undergo an MRI.
- All were asked about how often they drink green, black or oolong tea
- Volunteers who drank tea at least four times a week had more connected brains
This is the perfect excuse to put the kettle.
According to the researchers, drinking tea could be good for the brain and avoid the decline associated with aging.
Scientists now say that regular infusion may be a simple lifestyle choice that benefits brain health.
This is the perfect excuse to put the kettle. For research suggested drinking tea might be good for your brain and stave off the decline associated with aging
Three dozen adults aged 60 or older were invited to participate in various cognitive tests.
Researchers led by a team based at the National University of Singapore also conducted MRI exams of volunteers.
All participants from Singapore were also asked about the frequency with which they drink green, black or oolong tea, as well as coffee.
The results showed that participants who drank tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had more connected brains.
Dr. Feng Lei, Senior Researcher, said, "Our results offer the first evidence of the positive contribution of tea consumption to brain structure."
He added that they "also suggest that drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against the decline of aging-related brain organization".
Dr. Lei said, "Take the example of road traffic: consider brain regions as destinations, while links between brain regions are roads.
Can tea contain type 2 diabetes?
Drinking tea could help prevent type 2 diabetes, scientists said in 2017.
Consumption of this popular drink helps to mitigate the peaks in blood sugar caused by snacking treats.
In the last study, it was found that the drug significantly reduced the amount of glucose in adults that had been consumed just before sucrose-laden drinks.
Full of polyphenols, experts believe that these powerful compounds block the absorption of sugar.
It is recognized that controlling blood sugar is crucial to preventing the potentially fatal condition.
It is also considered the solution to reduce the risk of life-altering complications of people already diagnosed.
"When a road system is better organized, vehicle and passenger traffic is more efficient and uses fewer resources.
"Similarly, when connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently."
The study, which also involved a team from Cambridge and Essex Universities, was published in the scientific journal Aging.
The research would be the first of its kind, with no other study examining the effects of tea on brain networks.
Britain consumes about 100 million cups of tea each day. It is the most popular drink in the world, behind the water.
However, statistics suggest that 98% of Britons drink their tea with milk. The study did not take adjustment for milk tea.
This is not the first time scientists have seen the benefits of tea consumption – studies have shown that it can contribute to the prevention of type 2 diabetes and longer life.
Last year, German researchers recognized that the polyphenols contained in tea contribute to the fight against "internal stress", provided that they are combined with a zinc supplement.
In 2017, a study suggested that tea can reduce blood sugar spikes. Another suggested that tea drinkers were less likely to suffer from cognitive impairment.
The latter, also led by Dr. Lei and his colleagues, hypothesized that green and black teas contain bioactive compounds that improve memory.
Tea said: "Tea has been a popular drink since ancient times, with records of consumption dating back to around 2700 BC, in China.
"Tea is consumed in a variety of ways, with infused tea and products containing a tea-based ingredient that is widely used in Asia, particularly in China and Japan.
He added: "A large number of studies have suggested that the reduction of interregional connectivity is associated with aging of the brain.
"Our study suggests that tea drinking is effective at preventing or mitigating cognitive decline and that tea drinking could be a simple lifestyle choice, beneficial to brain health."