Wouldn't you love to drink yourself younger? New research suggests that tea may just do the trick. No, increasing your consumption of tea isn't going to make you look 15 years younger, but it may keep your mind sharp and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Tea keeps the mind sharp
Recent research suggests that people who drink two cups of black tea a day cut their risk of dementia in half. For two years, scientists in Singapore studied the lifestyle of 2,500 people, aged 55 and over, and recorded the participants' tea intake as well as their cognitive function.
The scientists found that participants who drank the most tea were the least likely to have suffered cognitive decline, which is an early sign of dementia. Researchers conclude that drinking two to three cups of tea a day cut the risk of dementia by 55 percent and drinking six to 10 cups cut the risk of illness by 63 percent.
The findings are a bright light for people who like their daily caffeine. A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
found that coffee did not have the same benefit on cognitive function.
Drink to a healthy heart
A study reported in the latest issue of European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
indicates that drinking green tea can reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, the process in which plaque builds up on artery walls, by improving endothelial function. Endothelial cells line the arteries of the circulatory system and are related to heart-health.
While black tea has been associated with improved short and long-term endothelial performance, this is the first time that green tea has been shown to have a short-term beneficial effect on the large arteries. Another study has already shown that green tea reverses endothelial dysfunction in smokers.
Drink quality tea
If you are ready to increase your
tea consumption in hopes of improving your health (and delaying the aging process), make sure the tea you drink is high in quality, flavor and variety. A good choice is Two Leaves and a Bud tea.
Two Leaves and a Bud tea company uses only teas that are grown in a single geographic region using traditional growing methods. Like fine wine, the quality of tea can vary depending on where it is grown. Two Leaves and a Bud teas are grown on selected estates, where special care is given to the entire crop.
Most teas in the U.S. are blended from a multitude of countries and then flavored. Two Leaves and a Bud prides itself on providing single-region teas from around the world that are rich and flavorful and taste the way tea is meant to taste. In addition, the company uses premium biodegradable tea sachets, so the only taste you get is from their wonderful teas.
Two Leaves and a Bud has a delicious variety of teas, including some that are organically grown. Whether you like traditional black, green or herbal teas or are into the less mainstream red or white teas, you will undoubtedly find Two Leaves authentic flavors divine.
Two Leaves and a Bud teas can be found at your supermarket and ordered online at www.twoleavesandabud.com.
And for more reasons to give tea a taste, be sure to check out these links:
The health benefits of tea