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Green tea reduces deficiencies in the elderly

Green tea reduces deficiencies in the elderly

Older adults who drink green tea regularly can stay more agile and independent over time than those who do not enjoy drinking, says a study by the University Medical School Tohoku, Japan. Researchers followed 14,000 adults over the age of 65 for three years.

At the end of the analysis period, participants who drank more green tea were the least likely to develop functional disability - decline in cognitive functions - and problems with daily activities and basic needs such as dressing or showering. Scholars also noted that 13% of adults who drank less than one cup of green tea per day became functionally disabled.

Another finding that experts found relevant is that people who drank at least five cups of green tea per day had a one third lower risk of developing deficiencies than those who ate less than one cup per day. Already among those who drank on average three to four cups a day, the risk was 25 percent lower.

Green tea contains antioxidants that help prevent cell damage that is capable of causing disease, according to the researchers. In addition, most people who enjoy tea generally have a diet richer in fish, vegetables and fruits, in addition to not smoking and being more socially active.

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with the exaggerated consumption. Although green tea and its extracts are considered safe in small amounts, they contain caffeine and small amounts of vitamin K, which can interfere with the action of drugs that prevent blood clotting.

Adopt these tips when consuming tea green

The taste of it is a bit bitter, in fact, but science has already proven it's worth grimacing at the heap of advantage that green tea can make for your health. "It contains considerable amounts of manganese, potassium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2, nutrients that are essential for the proper functioning of the body," explains nutritionist Daniela Jobst, of São Paulo. > Next, you discover the care at the time of consumption and also learn how to soften the strong taste of the plant.

Sachet tea is less efficient

Green tea is prepared from shoots and leaves of an herb called Camellia sinensis. "Just put water to boil and as soon as it begins to bubble, put out the fire and add the herb, leaving me infusion for three minutes," explains nutritionist Débora Razera Peluffo, Caxias do Sul.

In this process, all properties of the leaves of the herb pass into the water. When the tea is made with the industrialized bag, some of the properties are lost, because the package carries a mixture with the stem of the plant, with less nutrients.

There is the best time to drink tea

One caution for consumption is the time when green tea is ingested. "Just like coffee, it should not be taken shortly after a meal. Caffeine, which is present in tea leaves, impairs the absorption of iron and vitamin C by the body, so you need to wait at least one hour before consuming tea green, "explains nutritionist Daniela Jobst.

End the bitter taste

One solution to ending the strong flavor of tea is to add some other ingredients to the recipe. A good tip is to add two tablespoons of honey, which will leave the tea with a sweeter taste. Just after brewing the tea, beat it in the blender with two tablespoons of honey. But you have to be careful, since honey is very caloric and rich in sugar.

Another option is to beat the tea in the blender with fruits such as strawberry, blackberry, green apple, orange and grape. Or simply add the fruits, lemon drops or softer herbs (such as mint and lemon balm) at the time of infusion.Alert for caffeine

The caveat for the consumption of this tea goes to people sensitive to caffeine, substance present in its composition. With stimulating effect on the nervous system, caffeine can cause headache, agitation, irritation and increased heart rate. "Substance-sensitive people can suffer from these symptoms if they take more than one liter a day," says nutritionist and functional clinic Camila Duran of Pedrinola & Rascovski Clinic. When compared to other hot drinks, green tea has lower levels of this component - they are 3 mg for every 50 ml. Compare the amount of caffeine contained in the same dose of: coffee: 25-50 mg; cappuccino: 25-50 mg; and black tea: 10 mg

Groups that should avoid tea

Green tea is a powerful ally of good health. But, some people should consult a doctor before including it in the diet. "The use of tea is not recommended for pregnant women, individuals with hypertension, glaucoma and psychiatric diseases. It can interact with some medicines commonly ingested by this group of people," explains nutritionist Débora Razera Peluffo. But as always, you need to see a doctor to see if consumption is allowed.

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