According to a new study by National University of Singapore, drinking just one cup of tea daily may significantly lower the risk of dementia by 50 percent. The findings indicate that those carrying the gene of dementia can also slash their likelihood of developing toxic cltumps in their brain by as much as 86 percent with daily intake of tea.
Catechins and theaflavins "may help to protect the brain from vascular damage and neurodegeneration," said lead researcher Dr Feng Lei. "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."
They analysed 957 adults over the age of 55 for 12 years and collected information on their lifestyles, medical conditions and physical activities. The participants were assessed after every two years on their cognitive function using standardised tools. The new report shows that long-term intake of tea helps to fill the body with powerful antioxidants that boost cognitive function.
"Despite high quality drug trials, effective pharmacological therapy for neurocognitive disorders such as dementia remains elusive and current prevention strategies are far from satisfactory," Lei stated.
However, it could also prevent Parkinson's and other neurological disorders, an analysis funded by six of Europe's biggest coffee companies found. The findings were published in journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.