You know that old saying about the sum being more than its parts? Well, it turns out it’s true when it comes to tea and brain health.
If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m a confirmed coffee fan. But I’m also always championing the health benefits of tea. And I try to make tea a part of my own daily routine.
Now, to be fair, we already had an inkling that this ancient beverage was brain-friendly.
In fact, I’ve been encouraging readers to drink tea to support their brain health for years now. I’ve reported on its links to fewer memory problems and a lower Alzheimer’s risk, for example.
But now, an exciting new study has confirmed it. Your daily “cuppa” could be the secret to boosting the connections in your brain.
And that means it could ALSO be the key to keeping Alzheimer’s at bay.
Tea drinker’s brains are better organized
Here’s what we know…
A team of researchers recruited older volunteers for two different groups based on their tea-drinking habits…
- regular tea drinkers
- non-tea drinkers
They then took a close look at everyone’s brains. And it turns out the tea drinkers had some clear brain advantages.
Their brains were more organized with stronger connections. And as a result, they just plain functioned BETTER.
And that means taking up a habit of your own could help protect your brain, and strengthen your OWN brain connections.
Sip on a cuppa to keep your brain connections strong
Now, as I mentioned, this is far from the first time we’ve seen tea shine when it comes to brain benefits.
Other studies exploring tea’s effects on the brain have linked it to both better brainpower AND less cognitive decline, for example.
Plus, eight of nine studies focusing on tea and Alzheimer’s’ disease have confirmed this ancient beverage has a neuroprotective effect against the disease.
And now we know why… it boosts brain connections.
Tea extracts have shown promise alone, too. For example, just a few months ago, I told you about an animal study that combined the ECGC from green tea with ferulic acid, which is found in carrots and tomatoes.
The mice were suffering from a rodent form of Alzheimer’s disease. They were given the extract combo for three months. And at the end of the study, the mice had been completely restored to normal.
But, according to the researchers, there can be a catch when it comes to tea extracts and the brain. And that is, although they DO show great promise, they appear to be even more potent when they’re left intact within the tea.
In other words, you could get MORE of a brain boost if you regularly sip on tea instead of sticking to supplements alone.
I don’t know about you, but that’s a “prescription” I’m more than happy to take.