TIME FOR TEA…

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Your daily cup of tea could pro­tect your brain from cog­ni­tive de­cline, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. A long-term study of nearly 1,000 Chi­nese peo­ple aged 55 and over by the Na­tional Univer­sity of Singapore found reg­u­larly drink­ing green, black or oo­long tea re­duces the risk of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment by 50 per cent, and as much as 86 per cent in those ge­net­i­cally at risk of Alzheimer’s. It could be down to the bioac­tive com­pounds in tea leaves (cat­e­chins, theaflavins, thearu­bi­gins and L-thea­nine), ac­cord­ing to lead re­searcher as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor Feng. ‘These com­pounds ex­hibit an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and an­tiox­i­dant po­ten­tial and other bioac­tive prop­er­ties that may pro­tect the brain from vas­cu­lar dam­age and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tion,’ he said. Time to put the ket­tle on…

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