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A daily cup of tea may lower your risk of dementia by 50%

Tea is one of the most beloved beverages around the world with the most popular varieties being green, black, and oolong.

Tea has been used for its healing properties in traditional medicine for quite along. In addition, modern studies have revealed that plant compounds in tea play a critical in reducing the risk of chronic conditions, such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

However, the bottom line is; have tea moderately to maximize its health benefits. Exceeding 3–4 cups (710–950 ml) per day could have some negative ramifications on your health.

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging found that drinking a daily cup of tea can cut the risk of developing dementia by 50 percent. Moreover, the drink is important to those people who carry the APOE e4 gene; a gene that puts them at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer’s disease increases the risk of developing dementia.

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The bioactive compounds in tea leaves such as catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins, and L-theanine, have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that protect the brain from vascular damage and neurodegeneration.

Researchers conducted a study using data from 957 study participants from China. The participants, aged 55 and above, who drank green, black, and oolong tea every day, were found to be at lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world,” said Lei, who is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. “The data from our study suggests that a simple and inexpensive lifestyle measure such as daily tea drinking can reduce a person’s risk of developing neurocognitive disorders in late life.”

Dementia affects more than 55 million people worldwide and is on the rise. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of people suffering from dementia is expected to reach 78 million over the next decade and it could reach 139 million by 2050.

Sipping tea daily won’t ward off the problem of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But it’s worth trying since tea is readily available, inexpensive, and also tasty.

In addition, the beverage can keep your brain sharp as you age.

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