Tea re­ally does make you feel hap­pier

Daily Mail - - Comment -

IT IS a com­fort­ing thought for tea lovers – a cuppa re­ally does cheer you up.

A study of al­most 3,000 peo­ple from 22 Mediter­ranean is­lands found that drink­ing tea cuts the risk of get­ting de­pres­sion by al­most half.

Sci­en­tists be­lieve that nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring stim­u­lants help to pro­mote good men­tal health. The polyphe­nols, a type of an­tiox­i­dant, in tea may re­duce in­flam­ma­tion in the brain, which has been linked to de­pres­sion.

Many of the vol­un­teers, who were all over 65, ate a Mediter­ranean diet rich in fish, olive oil, nuts, veg­eta­bles and fruit, which has been found to pro­mote good men­tal health.

But the in­ter­na­tional study, led by led by Pro­fes­sor De­mos­thenes Pana­gio­takos, of Haroko­pio Univer­sity, Athens, found that tea drink­ing cut the chances of get­ting de­pres­sion by 49 per cent when con­sid­ered in­de­pen­dently from the Mediter­ranean diet.

Cof­fee also helped cut de­pres­sion, but was not so ef­fec­tive the older peo­ple got.

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