Drinking tea could help to keep your mind sharp

A four-year study has found that tea slows down brain-cell degeneration, and can help to keep your mind sharp as you age.

Natural compounds in tea called catechins protect brain cells from damaging protein build-up over the years, maintaining your brain’s cognitive capability.

In addition, the caffeine in tea, unlike that in coffee, contains the natural amino acid theanine, which offsets the normal side effects of caffeine such as headaches, raised blood pressure and tiredness.

Researchers studied the tea-drinking habits of over 2,500 Chinese aged 55 and older and gave them memory tests.

While two-thirds of the tea-drinkers maintained their memory two years later, 35 percent of non-tea-drinkers had a decline indicating cognitive damage.

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