Singapore scientists find tea is good for brain
So if this study is true, my parents must have the sharpest brains around!
A cup of tea is good for the brain by slowing down cell degeneration and keeping the mind sharp into old age, a published report said on Sunday.
A four-year study by scientists in Singapore adds to tea's long- touted virtues.
Any type of tea will do, Professor Ng Tze Pin from the National University of Singapore's psychological medicine department told The Sunday Times.
'Tea is cheap, non-toxic and widely consumed,' Ng was quoted as saying.
The university's scientists found that catechins, a natural compound in tea, protects brain cells from damaging protein build-up over the years, maintaining the brain's cognitive capability.
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, the scientists said.