Turns out that our Irish mammies have been on the right track with their gazillion cups of tea a day, as a new study by researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that drinking tea can actually reduce your risk of getting dementia.
Tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older people by 50%, and as much as 86% for those who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer's.
You don't have to stop sipping on your breakfast blend either, as the research team also discovered that the neuroprotective role of tea consumption on cognitive function is not limited to a particular type of tea – so long as the tea is brewed from tea leaves, such as green, black or oolong tea.
“While the study was conducted on Chinese elderly, the results could apply to other races as well. Our findings have important implications for dementia prevention" said Assistant Prof Feng.
The whole of Ireland must be delighted at this news, yet another excuse to put on the kettle.