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Tea Consumption May Help Stave Off Cognitive Decline

July 19, 2010 by  

Tea consumption may help stave off cognitive declineWhile the results of several studies have suggested a link between regular caffeine consumption and a reduced risk of cognitive decline, few have been able to quantify the beneficial effects that the compound has on brain function.

However, recent findings presented at last weekend’s International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease imply that individuals can significantly slow the development of cognitive decline by routinely consuming tea.

For the study, lead author Lenore Arab and her colleagues from the University of California Los Angeles recruited more than 4,800 men and women over the age of 65 and had them complete dietary questionnaires.

The participants were then followed for as many as 14 years, and were asked to routinely complete a Mini-Mental State Examination to measure their naturally-occurring levels of cognitive decline. On average, people scored 1.7 points lower on the exam each year.

However, after analyzing the dietary questions, and taking into account various risk factors, the researchers found that tea drinkers experienced 17 to 37 percent less cognitive decline over the course of the study, compared to non-tea drinkers. The more tea a person drank, the more stable their brain function remained.
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  • Only in America

    I read that excessive black tea drinking leads to fluorosis. Other than that is was a good thing.

    • Richard Pawley

      I can’t say for sure but I would suspect that your chances of getting it would be much more likely from fluoridated water. I gave that up in 1977 except for an occasional sip when nothing else is available. If most people knew the history of fluoridation they would not believe it, and it is illegal now in most foreign countries but would still cost a mint to get rid of here (it’s so toxic) of it couldn’t be put into drinking water.

  • http://Personallibertydigest Vicki

    There is no mention of caffeine benefits for coffee drinkers! Let’s hear it for the cup ‘o Joe, too!!!

    • Richard Pawley

      One to three cups of organic coffee a day will ad to your life, more will most likely substact.

  • Steve

    Is it just the caffeine or the combination of caffiene and the anti-oxidants in regular tea?

    • Richard Pawley

      It’s not just the caffeine! There are many healthy ingredients in black tea and even more in green tea. I don’t personally like green tea so I mix two regular tea bags and one green tea bag in a thermos (preheated) of boiling water and that is how I start my day 50% of the time. Of course I have many other teas, flavored and plain, from Austalia, Africa, and China and I even make some from local ingreidents that are very good as well.

  • http://www.buyplasmatvsonline.com Ed

    Are they talking about green tea , or black tea drinkers or both?

  • dan siler

    I’ve recently read of the benefits of oo-long tea…but Earl Grey has a wonderful aroma.
    I think the difference between green and black tea is chiefly in the curing process…I wonder if that would correlate with the potential amount of anti-oxidants…..and why roasted coffee isn’t noted as a source.
    All hail the benefits of caffeine,though.any thing that keeps me from dozing of at the keyboard…lol’s.

  • s c

    Without trying to be completely facetious, either Congress and the duhs in the White House need to start guzzling tea by the gallon, or we need to be patient and sit back and wait for the whole bunch to be declared mentally incompetent.
    Beyond that, tea can be a great drink. If I was in a very tacky mood, I’d pose a question and ask how long it will be before the government screws up the tea business, and tea is no longer fit to drink (and MORE jobs are lost to government ‘compassion’).
    Like Judy Tenuta says, “It could happen.”

  • Gray

    As the story says, coffee is superior! Tea isn’t the solution to the nation’s cognitive problems. Period.

  • http://.html Emilio Fulliton

    How do you cool a hot and humid RV without power

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