Dixie sent me a link to this:

A four-year study has found that tea slows down brain-cell degeneration, and thereby keeps your mind sharp into old age.

Catechins, a natural compound in tea, protect brain cells from damaging protein build-up over the years, maintaining your brain’s cognitive capability.

In addition, the caffeine in tea, unlike that in coffee, contains the natural protein theanine, which counters the normal side effects of caffeine such as raised blood pressure, headaches and tiredness.

Researchers studied the tea-drinking habits of over 2,500 Chinese aged 55 and older and gave them memory tests.

While two-thirds of the tea-drinkers maintained their memory test scores two years later, 35 percent of non-tea-drinkers had a decline in their memory test scores, which indicates cognitive decline.

(Link – a certain Dr. Mercola has some follow-up comments about further benefits of tea)

Another reason why tea is awesome.  It’s delicious, nourishing and keeps you mentally sharp.

I bet Jesus is a tea-drinker.

7 thoughts on “Tea

  1. Marc

    Simon, is that a theological statement or a physiological (?) one? (Did you miss the end of the story?) 🙂

  2. Marc

    Actually, it’s funny that you mention it, because I was debating whether to say “is” or “was”. Since I believe Jesus “is”, I thought I should make a habit of saying “is”. But then I thought, yes, but surely he’s not drinking tea in heaven and you are referring to his years on earth . . . but then maybe tea is so good that they’ve got it in heaven, too.

    At any rate, I was making a joke, so I was probably thinking about it too much.

  3. Jay

    I don’t know Marc. I’ve always enjoyed tea, but lately I’ve been drinking easily three cups (one mug) of iced tea the last while. This motivates me to continue the trend. Thank you!

    On a side note: Maybe it was the excessive age of our past tea, or maybe it is just that I found an excellent tea, but I have enjoyed our PC Earl Grey we just bought more than any tea I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s just fresh, or maybe it’s just excellent tea.

  4. Marc

    Jay: If it’s Good Host or some other powdered iced tea you’re drinking, Jay, I don’t imagine you’ll be receiving the same benefits as a brewed iced tea.

    RE: the PC Earl Grey. Could be fresh, could be new flavour. For me there is no Earl Grey tea but Twinings—I’ve tried many others, but it’s simply the best.

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