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Drinking Tea Can Protect Against Dementia

Daily tea consumption can protect against Alzheimer’s disease, reduced cognitive function and dementia among seniors according to a study from the National University of Singapore.

The study observed 957 retires Chinese from age 55 and up and found that the steady consumption of tea minimized the risk for reduced cognitive function by 50%. Among those genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, tea consumption reduced the risk by 86%!

Researchers also found that the ability of tea to protect the brains cognitive function among seniors wasn’t limited to any specific type of tea as long as it was tea and not a different herb. “Though the study was done on elderly Chinese people, the results are relevant to other races too,” says Professor Feng Lei, head author of the research. In spite of many experiments no medicine has yet been found against brain degeneration like dementia and existing preventative strategies are far from satisfactory. Tea is one of the most popular de rinks in the world and our research shows that the simple habit of drinking tea can lower the risk of dementia in old age.”

Professor Feng Lei adds that it seems the positive effect tea has is due to its containing flavonoids which have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties believed to protect the blood vessels going through and feeding the brain. 


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