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The drink that holds the power to sharpening your mind

Green tea is proven to improve brain health, cognition and sleep

When we’re parched, it’s easy to fill up from the tap or reach for a thirst-quenching Coke. Yet what if there’s another option?

And better yet, it could hold the key to improving your health!

Enter the world of green tea.

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While the drink has hit headlines over the years for its role in helping people lose weight, it’s now known to have major other health benefits; from improving bone density, strengthening immunity, and reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.

Not only this, it has also been proven that green tea inhibits two enzymes that are found in abnormally high levels in those with Alzheimer’s disease.

This means, the tea can help the brain from ageing and improve its function.

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The research, carried out at the University of Newcastle, also highlighted how the tea alters brain waves to reduce anxiety while increasing attention and concentration.

Black tea is equally as powerful, with experiments showing that those who consume up to five cups a day show better psychomotor skills, which links the brain and movement.

Their levels of cognition were faster too, with participants displaying quicker reaction speeds.

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Lee Euler, author of Awakening From Alzheimer’s, says these results are supported by a sister experiment that took place in Singapore where they also proved that tea protects the brain.

During the experiment, tea drinkers were compared to non-drinkers, with the regular sippers showing a huge 63% drop of being at risk from cognitive impairment.

But tea seems so simple, so how does it work?

While the caffeine is known to increase alertness, tea also contains a unique amino acid known as L-theanine which is said to be essential for health, cognition and sleep.

This amino acid is not produced by the human body and is scarcely found in any other product.

Looks like we’ll be adding extra teabags to the next supermarket delivery.

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