A study of 957 Chinese individuals over the age of 55 by the National University of Singapore found that drinking a cup of tea every day reduced mental decline significantly – by 50% apparently. (By the way, I have heard this study described as a study of Chinese elderly – ELDERLY??? over 55?). Regardless that seems like a hint to me.
According to the study, it doesn’t matter what type of tea – black, green or oolong, it’s all good as long as it is freshly brewed. The study doesn’t mention herb teas or my favourite coffee, and definitely not my favorite red wine…
Even more significantly, those people who had the Alzheimer’s gene, who consumed tea daily had an 86% lower rate of cognitive decline. That’s substantial.
What I find amazing is that this study is floating around as a new study in the news. It was actually published in December 2016 based on people interviewed between 2003 and 2010 – so it is hardly new.
When I read the abstract of this study, it looks like this study did not find the same effect for men. Sorry fellows. I think there’s a lot to more to be studied here, but it can’t hurt to have a cup of tea while thinking about it.