In Japan, tea isn’t just a drink. It’s a central part of daily life and a custom that goes back centuries to Zen and Buddhist monks.
Entire rituals are built around serving and savoring it in that beautiful island nation.
And I have to be honest. The more I learn about the powerful health benefits tea drinking can provide, the more I wonder if maybe we should ALL revere green tea here the way they do over there.
Because new research reveals yet another powerful benefit for tea drinkers. This time it’s for older women. The new study found a unique form of green tea could help with memory loss and fight off some of the worst effects of aging in the brain.
In other words, it may ensure that you stay sharper and faster for longer. It could possibly even help delay cognitive decline, experts say. But ONLY if you get the right stuff.
Go green for off the charts antioxidant power
Not all teas are equals. Sure, they’re all good for you (except for maybe the Long Island iced version). But some are much better than others.
For example, the green teas naturally have more age-defying, cancer-destroying, and heart-protecting compounds than black teas. But there’s one specific form of green tea with far higher levels of healthy compounds than just about any other drink on the planet.
Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of green tea most folks in the United States drink. In fact, most American’s have never even heard of it. It’s a highly concentrated powdered form called matcha.
Matcha has a stunning 137 times the number of antioxidants you’ll find in “normal” … already healthy … green tea. And the new study shows what a difference that power makes, especially when it comes to fighting memory loss.
Matcha tea could help STOP memory loss
Researchers recruited a group of healthy older men and women volunteers. They were each randomly assigned a drink made with either honest-to-goodness matcha tea powder or a placebo.
Over 12-weeks, the women who got the genuine matcha beverage had remarkable improvements in memory. Their scores on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test for Dementia, aka the MoCA, jumped by an average of 1.95 points.
Now I know two points may not sound like much if you’re not familiar with this exam. But the highest score possible on the MoCa is only 30. And a two-point swing on the exam can mean HUGE differences in brainpower.
In some cases, it could be enough to move the needle from “mild cognitive impairment” back up into “normal.” That change in the MoCA score is also more than 12 times higher than the 0.15 point improvement seen in women given the placebo drink.
The study DIDN’T find the same brain benefit for the older men who drank the matcha., But I wouldn’t give up on it just yet because the study didn’t have many guy volunteers in the first place. It’s still entirely possible matcha could help men with their memory and cognitive health too.
Remember this isn’t ordinary green tea, brewed from tea bags if you want to try matcha. It’s a finely ground powder, and it’s easy enough to find in stores and online. Along with using it to brew memory-boosting tea, you can mix it into smoothies, oatmeal, and more.