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Tea And Brain Structure
Prior studies on regular consumption of tea have found a number of benefits including reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease, reduction in the risk of certain forms of cancer and reduced stress and depression. A truly international team of researchers came together to review possible health benefits from tea consumption from a different perspective: what impact might it have on the physical structure of our brains?
Researchers from Cambridge University, University of Essex, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and – get this: The Laboratory for Brain-Bionic Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience at Wuyi University in Jiangmen China- used brain imaging to contrast the physical brain structures of habitual tea drinkers to nondrinkers. They found regular, long-time tea drinkers had better internal brain structure and connections. These connections are associated with resistance to mental decline and dementia.
From Feng Lei, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine at NUS and a member of the research team:
Take the analogy of road traffic as an example – consider brain regions as destinations, while connections between brain regions are roads. When a road system is better organized, the movement of vehicles and passengers is more efficient and uses less resources. Similarly, when the connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently.
Put some water in the tea pot. And I want to know what is going on in the Brain-Bionic Lab. Makes me think of The Hulk or Dr. Manhattan…
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