Health benefits of tea strong
JOONDALUP researchers have found more reason to enjoy a cup of tea, with a review of existing research showing it can help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Researchers from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences examined more than 100 studies from around the world that have looked at tea consumption.
They found that black, white and green tea can reduce the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
ECU Centre for Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care research fellow Binosha Fernando said the review offered new lines of inquiry for scientists.
“There is strong evidence that tea consumption can lower the levels of beta amyloid b (AB) in the brain, the build-up of which can cause Alzheimer’s disease,” she said.
The researchers also examined the evidence that tea consumption could be protective against diabetes.
“Both population-based studies as well as human clinical trials have shown a link between tea consumption and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” Dr Fernando said.
Dr Binosha Fernando. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471929