What a single cup of tea does to your brain

If we could point to one thing through the centuries that has been a fixture in traditional societies, and also a proven boon to health, it would be the consumption of tea.

For ceremonies, meals, leisurely relaxation — and health — tea has held a solid place in history.

There are many kinds of tea and many ways to enjoy it, while at the same time improving health and invigorating life. And numerous studies have proven the amazing health benefits of drinking tea.

Here, I’d like to share a study on how amazing even a single cup of tea a day is on brain health, and then introduce you to a less-known tea in the West: lotus tea.

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Green tea fights Alzheimer’s decline

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, examined the relationships between green or black/oolong tea consumption habits and incident neurocognitive disorders (NCD). An NCD is when there is significant cognitive decline in more than one neurocognitive area, which can include: attention, language, executive function, learning and memory, social cognition and perceptual-motor.

The study, which is part of the larger Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study, followed 957 Chinese seniors from 2003-2010. At study start, all participant were over age 55 and without cognitive disorders. Follow up was done every two years, and the findings are significant…

The study showed that those who consumed as little as one cup of tea daily significantly reduced their risk of cognitive decline as they aged, by an amazing 50 percent. This is compared to their non-tea drinking peers in the study control group.

What’s more, researchers found that those who carry the APOE e4 gene, which has been connected to cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia, were 85 percent less likely to show signs of degeneration.

Drinking one or more cups of plain green or oolong tea daily has many health benefits, especially for the brain and cognition. If you can drink it plain, without added sugars or milk, that is the best option.

Try lotus tea

Many are familiar with green tea and jasmine tea, which is green tea scented with jasmine flowers. Well, my new favorite is the terrific tasting lotus tea, which is green tea scented with lotus flowers.

The lotus is ubiquitous in India and China as a symbol of perseverance and fortitude. Even though the flower grows in mud, its flowers still blossom above the muddy waters. It is therefore seen as a symbol of purity of mind, body, spirit, speech and soul. While the entire flower (petals, stems, roots) are used in herbal medicine, it is easiest and best when drank as a tea.

Because lotus leaves augment the green tea, it still contains all the powerful antioxidants and polyphenols of green tea. The lotus flower, however, adds another level to this tea’s wellness powers.

Lotus tea is calming, helping to reduce restlessness, worry, anxiety, heart palpitations and insomnia.

Lotus tea is great at “drying dampness” from the stomach, spleen and liver. This is a Chinese medicine term for mucus or thick fluids that decrease the effectiveness of the organs.

Lotus tea helps “resolve heat” which means it quenches thirst and cools the stomach, intestines and skin, thus lowering inflammation and redness.

Lotus tea is alkalizing and therefore reduces inflammation, calms acid reflux and lowers blood pressure.

Lotus tea blocks the absorption of fats, and therefore is a complimentary treatment for high cholesterol and triglycerides.

There is a great study article on the seeds of the lotus plant on the website Frontiers in Plant Science, which notes uses for “nervous disorders, insomnia, high fevers with restlessness, poor digestion, chronic diarrhea, enteritis, tissue inflammation, cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and arrhythmia”… and well as its “antioxidant, anti-amnesic, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor activities.”

When it comes to the health of the brain or the body, science and history point to tea as a powerful ally.

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Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.