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Brain and oolong tea


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Drinking oolong tea can help protect your brain. An oolong tea is not quite a green tea and not quite a black tea. It falls in between (being partly fermented).

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Oolong tea contains catechins, a type of flavonoid, which are known antioxidants (that is, they can help prevent free radicals from running rampant in your brain and hurting it).

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One study showed that drinking catechins suppressed brain dysfunctionā€”although mice, not humans, were the subjects of that study. Another study showed that catechins may work as chelators (substances that bond to a metal, in this case iron), and prevent excess metal from hurting the brain. Catechins are also known to protect the heart and blood vessels, potentially reducing the possibility of stroke.

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According to one study, oolong tea contains polyphenols that help reduce stress. Another study showed that drinking oolong tea may help protect your brain from Alzheimerā€™sā€”oolong tea may prevent certain toxins, such as a plaque protein, from killing brain cells.

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Oolong tea benefits your brain in another wayā€”it generally contains more caffeine than green tea and can boost your alertness and your thinking skills.

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On the downside, too much caffeine can cause insomnia and make heart problems worse, so drink in moderation.

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Which is your favourite tea?

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