Pour man’s medicine: the humble cuppa cuts the risk of ...


Pour man’s medicine: the humble cuppa cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s

The secret is three cups of tea a day, thanks to an antioxidant also found in nearly all fruits and veg

Henry Bodkin

Drinking three cups of tea every day could cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a study.

Researchers in the US have identified a link to flavonols, an antioxidant found in plant pigments that is present in nearly all fruits and vegetables, as well as tea. For an average of six years, they tracked what more than 900 elderly people ate and drank and monitored who went on to develop Alzheimer’s. They were divided into five groups based on flavonol in their diet. Those in the group, which had an average age of 81, who ingested the most were 48% less likely to succumb.

The average amount of flavonol intake is about 16-20mg per day. In the study, the lowest group had an intake of about 5.3mg per day and the highest group consumed an average of 15.3mg per day. Previous research puts the quantity of flavonols in an average size cup of tea at between 8mg and 15mg...

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