Tea lovers, this one's for you! We all know that tea has a huge fan-following all over the world. It is considered as one of the most consumed beverages around the world. But each one of us has a different way of drinking tea; while some add ginger or cardamom and milk to their tea, there are people who like to have black tea or green tea. But did you know that drinking tea regularly has some amazing health benefits?! As per a recent study, published in the journal 'Aging', it was found that people who regularly drink tea have better organised brain regions and this is linked with healthy cognitive function in comparison to the ones who do not drink tea.
"Our results offer the first evidence of positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure, and suggest that drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against age-related decline in brain organisation," according to a study authored by Feng Lei, Assistant Professor from the National University of Singapore.
According to previous studies, tea intake is beneficial to human health and has a few positive effects, including uplifting mood and prevention of health-related diseases. For this study, researchers analysed 36 adults aged 60 and above and collated the data about their lifestyle, health and psychological well-being. The study was carried out for three years - from 2015 to 2018.
After studying the participants' cognitive performance and imaging results, researchers found that people who consumed tea - be it green tea, oolong tea, or black tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had brain regions that were interconnected in a more efficient way.
"We have shown in our previous studies that tea drinkers had better cognitive function as compared to non-tea drinkers," Lei said.
"Our current results relating to brain network indirectly support our previous findings by showing that the positive effects of regular tea drinking are the result of improved brain organisation brought about by preventing disruption to interregional connections," he added.
Other Health Benefits Of Tea:
- Black tea is known to keep us active, focussed and energised. It is due to the presence of theophylline and caffeine in black tea that helps us keep up.
- Drinking black tea regularly may help people with diabetes and cholesterol problems.
- Green tea consumption is linked with healthy hair and clear skin.
- Green tea facilitates weight loss and promotes digestion.
- Regular consumption of green tea also helps in lowering cholesterol level.