More evidence that tea is good for your health

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November 29th, 2019
Next to water, tea is the most often-consumed beverage in the world.

Next to water, tea is the most often-consumed beverage in the world. 

Next to water, tea is the most often-consumed beverage in the world. For centuries, it has been purported to have numerous health benefits. Several studies have shown that tea consumption is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Other study results indicate that drinking tea has a positive effect on mood and may even prevent certain types of cancers.

Effect on brain structure 

A new study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that people who regularly drink tea have differences in the brain’s organizational structure when compared to non-tea drinkers. This is a significant finding because certain structural differences in the brain have been associated with better cognitive functioning. 

The researchers examined health, lifestyle, and psychological well-being of study participants—tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers—who were at least 60 years of age. The participants underwent neuropsychological tests and magnetic resonance imaging over a three-year period.

The results showed that compared to people who did not drink tea, people who drank green, oolong, or black tea at least four times weekly had differences in brain structure—specifically, more efficient network connections among the regions of the brain. Having efficient network connections is associated with healthy cognitive functioning. 

The researchers hope that this study’s results will help the scientific community learn more about the compounds in tea and how they can be used to improve health. In addition, their results may eventually lead to treatments that prevent cognitive decline.

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