Two separate studies in the US looked at how physical activity and tea/coffee consumption could both protect against mental decline.
The first of the two studies suggested that a regular cuppa could warn off mental illness in a study which monitored 4,800 people over the 65 for a period of more than 14 years.
Results showed that those who drank tea on a regular basis were between 17 per cent and 37 per cent less likely to suffer mental decline than those who did not drink tea.
Coffee lover’s who indulged more than five times a week also lowered their chances of mental decline by 20 per cent.
The second of the studies followed 1,200 elderly men and women with an average age of 76. Health checks after an average of ten years found that those who regularly exercised for round 30 minutes five times a week had a 40 per cent lower risk of developing dementia than the less physically active. Activities could range from anything from a round of golf to a fitness class.
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