Those Who Regularly Drink Tea Have Healthier Brains, Says Research
Tea-drinkers may enjoy benefits apart from caffeine boosts and relaxation, as researchers believe drinking tea could also be good for your brain
Desi households are so used to their morning cup of tea that it is akin to alarm clocks. It's pretty much a ritual in South Asian households. As the evening rolls in it’s time for another cuppa. Yet it is not just the Desis who love their Karak chai, the English tend to have a strong liking for tea too and can’t do without their brews while Japanese conducts elaborate tea ceremonies like no other. So while we are endlessly obsessed and addicted to our morning teas, but it would appear that regular tea drinkers are also very healthy in the head, according to the results of a new study published in the journal Aging.
According to a recent study carried out by the National University of Singapore (NUS), tea drinkers tend to have healthier brains than people who don’t drink tea. Regular tea drinkers have better-organized brain regions and this is associated with healthy cognitive function -- compared to non-tea drinkers. The research team made this discovery after examining neuroimaging data of 36 older adults. Upon analysing the participants' cognitive performance and imaging results, the research team found that individuals who consumed either green tea, oolong tea, or black tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had brain regions that were interconnected in a more efficient way.
"Take the analogy of road traffic as an example consider brain regions as destinations, while the connections between brain regions are roads. When a road system is better organised, the movement of vehicles and passengers is more efficient and uses fewer resources. Similarly, when the connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently," explained Asst Prof Feng.
He further added, "We have shown in our previous studies that tea drinkers had better cognitive function as compared to non-tea drinkers. Our current results relating to brain network indirectly support our previous findings by showing that the positive effects of regular tea drinking are the result of improved brain organisation brought about by preventing disruption to interregional connections."
In short, do not stop having your favourite tea because. And if you have been meaning to switch to coffee or another beverage, this study might come handy and you might just reconsider your decision. And remember, next time, drink the tea and don’t go around spilling the tea.