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Diet & Nutrition

What are the health benefits of drinking tea?

In case you weren't already sold on the humble cuppa, here is why your daily tea is good for you.

The high levels of antioxidants in tea mean it has plenty of health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
But the potential benefits may not end there.
Research from the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine found those aged 55 and older who drank tea regularly had a 50 per cent lower risk of cognitive decline, and for those with a genetic risk of Alzheimer's the risk declined by 86 per cent.
The biggest benefits were seen with tea brewed from tea leaves, such as black tea, green tea and oolong tea.
Lead investigator Feng Lei says the compounds in tea, such as theaflavins, have anti-inflammatory properties that may protect the brain.

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