A recent study proves the benefits of tea on the structure and function of the brain

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According to a recent Singaporean study, older people who regularly drink tea at least 4 times a week are more efficient in brain structure.

The study was conducted by researchers at the National University of Singapore and published in the scientific magazine “Aging”.

The researchers explained that previous studies have revealed that drinking tea is beneficial to human health, and its benefits include improving mood and preventing cardiovascular disease.

The results of a long study conducted in 2017 also showed that drinking tea daily can reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older people by 50%.

Following this discovery, the research team in its new study monitored the direct effect of tea on brain networks,  monitored 36 adults aged 60 and over and collected data on their physical and mental health and lifestyle. From 2015 to 2018, the elderly participants underwent neuropsychological tests and MRI scans on their brains.

The researchers found that those who drank green tea or black tea at least 4 times a week for about 25 years, had their brain networks more effectively interconnected, and enjoyed better brain function.

They also found that drinking tea better regulates the functioning of brain regions, which is associated with improved cognitive function, compared to those who do not drink tea.

“Our findings provide the first evidence of the positive contribution of tea drinking to the brain structure, and suggest that regular consumption has a protective effect against deterioration in age-related brain regulation,” said Professor Feng Lee.

“Older people with a better organization in the brain structure make, Connections between their brain regions are more organized, and this leads to more efficient processing of information,” he said.

Source:  Agencies