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Tea Is Great for Your Brain

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Data from neuroimaging and questionnaires given to 36 healthy older individuals found drinking tea for 25 years or more had a positive effect on the function, structure and organization of the brain, including greater functional connectivity
  • Tea is one of the most popular beverages around the world, second only to water. Nearly 80% of U.S. households drink tea and, in 2018, 3.8 billion gallons of tea were served in the U.S., which still was not enough to rank the country as one of the top 10 tea consuming countries in the world
  • Catechins, and specifically epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), found in tea have been associated with chemoprotective and cardiovascular protective properties and reductions in cognitive decline in aging and amyloid plaque development in Alzheimer's disease
  • Store loose-leaf tea in airtight, opaque, nonreactive containers away from heat, light and strong odors. If you don't like drinking tea, consider green tea extract supplements, but take care not to consume more than you would normally from drinking tea, as overdoses are associated with significant liver damage

Tea is an ancient beverage recognized for millennia as having a dramatic and positive impact on health, as well as playing an important part in cultures around the world. For example, tea has been an integral part of British life for nearly two centuries, having started in England in 1840 when the Duchess of Bedford needed sustenance between lunch and dinner. As such, teatime began as a small snack with tea, but soon became a social gathering in the wealthy class.

Today, teatime is an honored tradition in Great Britain for all classes, with protocols on not only how to “take tea” but when to take it and what to eat — or not eat — with it. In a fun article on British teatime, NPR warns: Don’t eat everything you’re offered (you don’t want to appear too hungry) and whatever you do, don’t put out your pinky when holding your cup. “It makes you look pretentious,” a British teatime expert explains.

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