A cup of tea a day keeps dementia at bay, according to a recent study by the National University of Singapore.
The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing and determined that drinking tea every day reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older people by 50 per cent.
For those who are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer's, a cup of tea daily can reduce the risk by as much as 86 per cent.
A new study suggests drinking a cup of tea a day can help reduce the effects of dementia
The study was led by Assistant Professor Feng Lei who, along with his team, studied 957 Chinese people aged 55 or older over two years.
Assistant Professor Feng said the results could apply to people of all ethnicities.
'The data from our study suggests that a simple and inexpensive lifestyle measure such as daily tea drinking can reduce a person's risk of developing neurocognitive disorders in late life,' Assistant Professor Feng told Nine Coach.
Assistant Professor Feng said pharmacological therapy for dementia is 'elusive' and the results are far from being satisfactory yet.
The research was strictly limited to tea brewed from tea leaves, such as black, green or oolong tea
Green tea is already heralded as a health benefit and an aid to weight loss
The research was strictly limited to tea brewed from tea leaves, such as black, green or oolong tea.
Tea leaves contain catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins and L-theanine; all brain-boosting compounds that contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and bioative powers.
Green tea is already heralded as a health benefit and an aid to weight loss.
It's the polyphenol in green tea which is said to help you slim, as they are reported to help speed up your metabolism, allowing your body to burn off more energy from the food you eat.
Green tea is also high in antioxidants, which helps with digestion and anti-ageing.
Assistant Professor Feng said more research was needed to understand exactly how tea helps heal the brain.