Tea is Good for Your Brain

Apr 14, 2008
Drinking tea is beneficial for your brain, protecting its cells from degeneration and helping to keep your mind sharp, scientists say.

Professor Ng Tze Pin from the National University of Singapore's psychological medicine, who was a leading researcher of the four-year study, says any type of tea is good for brain.

Catechins, a natural compound in tea, was found to protect brain cells from the protein, that build up over the years and undermines cognitive function.

It is known that tea contains caffeine but unlike in coffee, it also contains theanine, a natural compound that reduces the side effects of the caffeine such as increased blood pressure, fatigue and headaches.

Changes in brain cells, such as loss of nerve cells, genetic predisposition, minor strokes and protein that builds up with ageing may all lead to dementia, a progressive decline in cognitive capability.

During the study, scientists analyzed drinking habits of 2,501 Chinese people aged from 55 and older for four years. Also the participants' health, attention span, cognitive abilities were examined.

Around 38 percent of the participants said that they did not drink tea, while 29 percent preferred one type of tea and others reported about drinking different types of tea.

After a two years period, tea-drinkers showed the same results on memory tests as at the beginning of the study, while 35 percent of those who did not drink tea showed decline in cognitive tests.

Other benefits of tea:

  • Ingredients found in tea are known to boost immune system, fighting bacteria, viruses and fungi, fighting against the diseases.
  • Tea is rich in antioxidants, protecting healthy cells from damaging that may lead heart disease and cancer.
  • Tea contains flavonoids, protecting blood vessels, preventing arterial blockage and reducing "bad' cholesterol.
  • Black and green tea contains tannins or catechins that have antiseptic, antioxidant and detoxifying properties and protect against the development of cancer.
  • Tea is a source of fluoride, giving your teeth strength and protecting you from dental cavities.


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Nov 20, 2009 09:28 PM » posted by: Randy
I'm a Manager in Wal-Mart...I feel tired during my Grave Shift hours and it sucks cuz the Soda and Coffee did not help at all.

Now that I've switched to Green Tea...I feel calm, I feel that my brain is working and I have so much Energy after drinking it. I'm a lot more patient and nicer to my co-workers and when customers start yelling at me, I'm still calm under those situations...It helped me to be a patient person.

Thanks to Green tea...I'm able to focus and have some direction in my life. So my tip to you guys is whenever you feel stressed out in life, drink some Green tea everyday...I promise you that it does wonders...ditch that soda and cigarettes.

Mar 24, 2009 09:11 PM » posted by: Acai Berry
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Oct 03, 2008 04:22 AM » posted by: Brenda
I just had some blood work done and was amazed at the results!!Good cholesterol, good triglyerides and very good blood sugar. I am a new diabetic and The only change I could see in my diet was TEA. I had stop drinking soda and switched to tea. Give it a try.

Jul 06, 2008 04:51 AM » posted by: Julie Koo
That was a good message for me. I am debating about what is better? coffee or tea? and I'm in the tea side, wow, I didn't know it was good for our brains!

Jun 01, 2008 12:52 AM » posted by: Ranaesheart
Thank you for providing this very informative information on tea. One of our readers was asking if tea has and properties that assist people in losing weight. There are many claims from merchandisers trying to sell their product based on weight loss claims. Might you be able to comment and provide information? Best regards .. Ranae

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