If you’re a devoted coffee drinker, you may want to switch to a cup of tea now and then after hearing this. According to a new study from the University of Singapore, sipping tea could benefit your brain as you get older by preventing some of the signs of age-related decline.
The findings show that people who drank green tea, oolong tea, or black tea at least four times a week over a 25-year period have better organized brain regions - which is associated with healthy cognitive function - compared to non-tea drinkers. But why is it better for your brain regions to be “connected in a more efficient way?”
Study author Dr. Feng Lei compares it to road traffic, where brain regions are destinations and the connections between them are roads. If the road system is more organized, getting back and forth is more efficient and uses less resources. So if the brain is better connected, information is processed more efficiently.
Plus, the health benefits of drinking tea aren’t just limited to the brain. Previous research from Harvard Health shows the polyphenols in green tea may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and of developing diabetes. So who’s ready to put the kettle on?