If you drink tea, then I’ve got some great news for you; and if you don’t, you might want to start. Especially if you want to stave off dementia as you get older.
New data from a China-based study is showing that drinking a cup of tea per day could drastically reduce the risk of dementia for everybody. Especially those genetically predisposed to the condition.
Tea’s Effect on Dementia
Researchers in Singapore tracked 957 Chinese people aged 55 and older for five to seven years. After taking lifestyle, medical conditions, and activity into account, the researchers noticed that those who drank tea regularly were 50% less likely to experience cognitive decline.
What’s even more impressive is that those with the APOE e4 gene—a gene associated with heightened risk for Alzheimer’s—saw their risk for cognitive impairment drop by up to a whopping 86%!
What Kind of Tea Works Best?
It’s not just green tea drinkers, either. The results were consistent for those drinking green, black, or oolong tea.
I’ll spare you the details about the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities of tea. But I will point out that current pharmaceutical options for preventing dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of cognitive decline are far from notable. That’s what makes this new finding so impressive—it provides a cheap, natural, and accessible way to protect your memory, decision-making abilities, and independence into your golden years.
Best Places to Buy Tea
It’s easy to buy tea these days. Loose-leaf tea shops exist virtually everywhere; I see them on nearly every block. But even if you can’t make it to the store to buy some loose leaf, you can check with online retailers, too. Of course there are the big chains like David’s Tea that have a number of offerings, but there are also smaller shops that may allow for a little higher quality. Some of these retailers include: Song Tea, T Shop, Verdant Tea, and Rishi Tea. Of course these smaller companies may cost a little more, but they tend to be more selective when it comes to purchasing leaves, and according to some, sell superior quality leaves.
The list of health benefits from tea seems to be ever-expanding, and the finding that it can reduce the risk of dementia by 86% might just be the most impressive yet. Looks like it’s tea time!
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