Health ben­e­fits of tea strong

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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

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