Drink to Your Health: 10 Reasons to Drink Tea for Alzheimer’s Prevention
Posted by Sherry C. on Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Tea drinking rituals have been popular for thousands of years in eastern countries such as China and Japan. Today tea drinking is gaining in popularity in the U.S. as well, but can drinking tea promote Alzheimer’s prevention?
Many people have started drinking tea due its health benefits. Studies have shown that various types of tea promote heart and brain health, boost metabolism, provide antioxidants to stave off cancer and more. In addition, recent scientific studies are beginning to reveal the possible benefits tea offers for improved cognition.
Which Tea is Best?
So, what types of tea are best known for health benefits? There are many varieties of tea and for those who are new at the healthy drinking ritual, it can be confusing. Tea can actually be defined as any type of infusion of leaves, flowers, herbs or fruits. But the type of tea known to offer the highest level of health benefits (according to scientific research) comes from the camellia sinensis plant and includes the black, white, green and Oolong varieties.
Benefits of Drinking Tea
-Most varieties of tea contain plant polyphenols, catechins, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.
-A unique property of green tea is L-Theanine (an amino acid believed to induce relaxation).
-Caffeine is a substance in tea that provides an immediate sense of alertness.
-The combination of caffeine and L-Theanine is thought to promote a sense of alert focus and relaxation simultaneously.
-Many types of tea offer a higher level of caffeine than coffee and coffee does not contain L-Theanine.
In mice studies, researchers found that green tea catechins prevented cognitive dysfunction and improved memory in the brains of at risk mice. One type of green tea catechin called “Theogallin” was found to enhance cognition while providing an anti-depressive effect. Preliminary evidence from studies show that tea catechins may lend themselves to Alzheimer’s Prevention by reducing the risk of dementia.
Studies on white tea found that this type of beverage helped to promote alertness, focused attention and accuracy when ingested at regular intervals.
10 Reasons to Drink Tea
- Tea can boost exercise endurance.
- Drinking tea can lower the blood pressure and may reduce the risk of heart attacks.
- Tea may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- The antioxidants in tea may help protect against certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer.
- Drinking tea helps to fight free radicals (thought to contribute to symptoms in AD).
- Tea is high in ORAC oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which is how it destroys free radicals. Damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration
- Drinking tea has been linked to lowering the incidence of Parkinson’s disease.
- Tea is thought to be beneficial to those with Type 2 diabetes by helping the body to better process sugar.
- Drinking tea may help the body protect against cellular degeneration caused by radiation exposure in cancer patients.
- Last, but certainly not least, drinking tea may help to prevent degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
More research is needed to definitively prove the beneficial effects of drinking tea, but in the meantime, there is no doubt it’s better for overall health than drinking sugary soda and many other beverages-so drink up and enjoy!
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