An ongoing study is showing pretty exciting results when it comes to taking care of your brain: you can actually improve neuro-efficiency by steeping a simple cup of tea.
Assistant Professor Feng Lei from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine revealed that “regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions – and this is associated with healthy cognitive function – compared to non-tea drinkers.” The study followed older adults who were drinking a variety of tea types several times each week. It was conducted by a collaborative team that was interested in finding benefits to tea drinking in addition to previously studied aspects such as heart health, diabetes and improved mood.
What’s so magical about tea?
Ok, so let’s just assume all these studies are correct in their findings. Let’s say drinking tea several times a week will help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, will keep us calmer, level out blood sugar issues, plus make our brains work better than ever. All these results beg the question of why? The quick answer comes from Harvard-led studies which pinpointed health-promoting substances like polyphenols, particularly catechins and epicatechins. In fact, “lab and animal studies say these molecules have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.” One thing researchers urge (in addition to making tea a part of your healthy habits checklist) is to keep the sugar out of your cup! Authors are quick to note that any benefits imparted by drinking tea will surely be cancelled out if you load up your cuppa with the sweet stuff.
What else can tea do for me?
In addition to these scientific studies, there are great tea producers out there making specific recipes based on supporting women’s health in particular. We’ve been a big fan of what’s happening at La Luna Tide, where women can get a subscription to a box of four teas that support a more balanced experience, all month long.
With all the good teas can do, we’re hoping to work more of the drink into our daily routines. Maybe we’ll bring back high tea parties, or switch to a relaxing hot tea in the morning instead of a latte on the run.