What if there was a way to cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's or dementia in half--and it didn't require much extra effort on your part? Wouldn't you jump at the chance to incorporate it into your daily routine?
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Well, here's your chance. A recent study looked at 957 adults aged 55 and older, and put them through a battery of cognitive tests every two years. After adjusting for medical conditions and physical exercise, researchers concluded that the tea drinkers had a lower chance of developing dementia. How much lower? On average, 50 percent. But the people who carried a gene for dementia cut their risk by 86 percent.
You don't even need to drink that much of it. Researchers found that just one cup of black or green tea a day does the trick.
This isn't the first time tea (or coffee) drinking has been found to ward off Alzheimer's. Scientists speculate the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of tea can ward off vascular damage, which cuts off blood supplies to the brain.
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Three glasses of champagne every week is enough to keep Alzheimer's and dementia at bay, research says. A study out of the University of Reading revealed that a compound in the grapes used to make champagne can help "increase spatial memory, improve cognitive function and promote learning and memory retention."