And now, according to new research, there’s another reason to brew a cuppa. Regular tea drinking has been found to improve brain structure.
A recent study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) explored the positive effect of habitual tea drinking on brain efficiency and found that drinking tea leads to a more efficient structural organisation within the brain.
“Our study suggests that tea drinking is effective in preventing (slowing) or ameliorating cognitive decline and that tea drinking might be a simple lifestyle choice that benefits brain health,” wrote one of the study’s authors, Junhua Li.
Another lead author on the study, Assistant Professor Feng Lei from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, adds, "Our results offer the first evidence of positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure, and suggest that drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against age-related decline in brain organization."
Lei explains it more simply: "Take the analogy of road traffic as an example -- consider brain regions as destinations, while the connections between brain regions are roads. When a road system is better organized, the movement of vehicles and passengers is more efficient and uses less resources. Similarly, when the connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently."
But you need to be in it for the long-haul. The study’s findings observed participants who consumed oolong, black, or green tea at least four times a week for 25 years. So get sipping!