-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
I found an interesting article featured on aarp.org that discusses a study that was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association 2010 International Conference. Study findings show how drinking coffee and tea may benefit your health. It found that the memory of regular tea drinkers declined a third less with age compared to the memory of non-regular tea drinkers. However, this effect wasn’t attributed to the caffeine in the tea because the results were not the same in coffee drinkers.
Another study presented at the conference found that when one drinks a large amount of coffee or tea on a regular basis it can lower their risk of heart disease. This is true for tea more than coffee. Other studies found that coffee also lowered the risk of cancers of the mouth cavity and pharynx.
A professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard said that these findings show that coffee and tea consumption is not harmful, but beneficial to your health. However, more long term research still needs to be conducted before this finding can be considered a fact.