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Dementia: Up to six cups of tea day linked to 19% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Life & StyleDementia: Up to six cups of tea day linked to 19% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease


Before the rise inexorable rise of the cappuccino, latte, espresso, and flat white contributed to coffee’s position as Britain’s favourite drink there was another beverage that claimed the top spot. For generations tea was the most popular drink in the UK, calming the nerves of many and providing the backdrop to conversations across the country. Although no longer the nation’s favourite, tea still remains popular. Furthermore, a new study has found not only is it’s consumption prevalent, but it could also have the ability to reduce a person’s risk of dementia.

A new study has found drinking one to six cups of tea day is linked to 16 to 19 percent reduction in a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.

Published in Translational Psychiatry, the results found moderate tea drinkers also had a 25 to 29 percent lower risk of developing vascular dementia.

The optimum number of cups per day was found to be three.

They found a “U-shaped association” between tea and dementia risk, in that there was barely any difference between those who drank six cups and no cups of tea per day.

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While this study is positive for tea drinkers and highlights the benefits of the brew, it isn’t the only drink with potential neurological benefits.

Coffee too can help protect the brain.

According to a 2021 study, drinking coffee could be associated with a lower risk of dementia.

The study found individuals who drank two or three cups of coffee per day had the lowest incidence of stroke and dementia.

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There are so many factors that contribute to a person’s risk of dementia, but this is so far the one of the only actions a person can take.

At the moment there is no cure for dementia, a disease first discovered in 1906.

Although scientific advances have shown it can be treated, scientists do not expect new treatments for at least another 10 years.

While this provides hope for patients of the future, for those of the present it will be far too late.



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