If you’re trying to protect your brain, it may be time to pour a cup of tea. Turns out that those who regularly sip on tea have a significantly lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. A 2017 Chinese study observed 950 adults over the age of 55 for two years and found that those consistently drinking green and black oolong tea had between a 40-50% decreased risk of cognitive decline.
What was even more incredible was that drinking tea was especially protective for those genetically predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s disease, reducing risk by up to 86%.
How Does it Work?
What makes tea uniquely beneficial for brain health is the chemical components within the tea leaves. Not only do they include catechins and theaflavins, rich with antioxidants, they also contain chemical compounds like L-theanine and EGCG that improve memory, reaction time, focus and creativity. What do you have to lose? Follow these three tea tips, and your brain will thank you.
1. Ditch the tea bag
Turns out that it doesn’t really matter why type of green or black tea you choose, as long as it’s brewed from loose leaves and consumed regularly throughout the day.
I suggest choosing an organic brand to reduce any potential pesticide exposure. You will have to invest a few dollars in a tea infuser which can be purchased for between $3-$10.
2. Turn on the Timer
Over-steeping, or leaving your leaves in for too long will leave a bitter taste in your tea especially with green tea. Make sure to follow the steeping directions on the bag or play it safe by steeping for no more than 3 minutes.
3. Skip the Sugar
Don’t negate the fantastic anti-inflammatory benefits of tea by adding inflammatory sugars. If you must sweeten your tea, choose organic honey or try Sweetleaf Stevia.
Adding tea to your regimen is an easy and effective way to boost brain health and protect against the damage that leads to cognitive decline. But, it’s not the only tool to safeguard your brain. Any imbalance or deficiency can put pressure on the brain and increase disease risk. That’s why I believe in using the best comprehensive screening tools to assess each of my patient’s cognitive health. Using that information, we can create the most effective plan to support optimal brain function and prevent cognitive decline.
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