“Anyone can get old,” as Groucho Marx once said. “All you have to do is live long enough.” Of course, as we’re all aware, old age brings with it varying levels of debility, a situation that’s largely dependent on the individual and their circumstances. While there will probably never be a bonafide fountain of youth, tea drinkers can take heart. According to one recent study, green tea might help keep those who drink it on a regular basis from suffering some of the worst of the ravages of the aging process.
The study was conducted by a team of Japanese researchers from various institutions who took a look at nearly 14,000 adults aged 65 and older. Results of the study were published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that those who drank the most green tea were less likely to experience problems with something they called “functional disability.” As the name suggests, this condition is marked by difficulties in carrying out some of the most basic tasks of day to day existence.
According to the results of the study, those who were likely to drink more than five cups of green tea a day were about one-third less likely to experience problems with functional disability than those who tended to drink no green tea at all or who drank an average of less than a cup a day.
While green tea was identified as one of the factors contributing to this, researchers also observed that the “heavy” green tea drinkers tended to eat healthier foods and have a healthier lifestyle overall. They were also likely to be more active socially, with a greater network of family members and friends able to provide support, all of which also helps contribute to lessened functional disability.
While the researchers were upbeat about the results of the study, they recommend that additional research be carried out in the form of clinical trials on the effects of green tea and green tea extracts. For more information about the study, look here.
Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs.
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