If you’re middle aged and keep worrying about getting Alzheimer’s one day, you should drink tea daily.

In particular, if one of your parents has or had Alzheimer’s disease, this reveals a genetic predisposition for which tea is especially useful for prevention.

Tea drinking daily can go a long way in helping prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, says a study.

Professor Feng Lei’s study, which involved 957 Chinese subjects at least 55, showed that tea drinking lowers risk of mental decline in elderly people by 50 percent.

For those with a genetic risk (APOE e4 gene carriers), the risk reduction was estimated to be up to 86 percent.

What Kind of Tea Might Help Fight Off Alzheimer’s?

It doesn’t matter. It could be black tea, green or oolong. If you find tea unpalatable, one trick is to steep the tea bag in only half a cup.

The beverage will taste stronger, but at least there will be less of it to drink. And the key is to consume the beverage every day.

“The study is a comprehensive one and proves that the bioactive compounds in tea leaves, such as catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins and L-theanine, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential,” says Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and CEO of the Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating and Drinking (NAMED) program, which treats substance abuse, mental illnesses and other illnesses.

“These bioactive properties may protect the brain from vascular damage and neurodegeneration.”

Tea vs. Drugs for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Professor Lei points out in the paper that drug trials have been “high quality,” but that “effective pharmacological therapy for neurocognitive disorders remains elusive,” and that “current prevention strategies are far from satisfactory.”

The full report is in the Dec. 2016 Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.

dr. kantorDr. Kantor has a PhD in nutritional science and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, has appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel for his expertise, and has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 30+ years.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.