Tea and Brain Health Benefits
Today is National Hot Tea Day, and there are lots of reasons to celebrate! You may already be familiar with the many health benefits associated with tea consumption. Tea provides valuable antioxidants and is known for treating insomnia and digestive issues, as well as reducing stress. Research also suggests that tea may help lower blood pressure, prevent bone loss, and boost the immune system.
Now we have another reason to celebrate National Hot Tea Day: drinking oolong, black, or green tea can improve our cognitive function!
Results from a recent study performed at the National University of Singapore (in conjunction with the University of Essex and University of Cambridge) indicate that “drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against age-related decline in brain organisation”.
In order to better understand the positive influence of tea consumption on brain health, the research team at NUS suggests we think of it this way:
“Take the analogy of road traffic as an example–consider brain regions as destinations, while the connections between brain regions are roads. When a road system is better organised, the movement of vehicles and passengers is more efficient and uses less resources. Similarly, when the connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently…”
Whether you are already a tea-enthusiast or someone who has just started to navigate the world of tea and you want to explore its many health benefits, this is great news! Let’s all grab one more cup for the road!