LIVING longer is something many of us want to achieve. There are ways to increase your lifespan by adding certain foods and drinks to your diet. Try this for a longer life.
Living longer may be made possible by drinking a particular type of tea, studies suggest.
Green tea has been earmarked as a life elixir by several leading doctors and nutritionists.
Tea - particularly green tea - features in the diets of some of the longest-living groups,” they wrote in the new book ‘Eat Better Live Longer’.
“Tea drinking has been linked to protection against cancer and cognitive decline,” they added.
“Plus, it’s rich in fluoride [which can help teeth].”
Green tea, originating in China, could protect against cancer according to some studies.
A 2014 analysis of several studies suggested green tea “could reduce the risk of developing mouth cancers,” according to Cancer Research UK (CRUK).
Others have found it could reduce the risk of lung, esophagus and bladder cancer among others.
However, CRUK said “more evidence” is needed before it can be proved that green tea prevents cancer.
“At the moment it is impossible to draw any firm conclusions,” they wrote, “different amounts of tea have been taken within studies, there is possible interaction with other treatments and there is a lack of randomized controlled clinical trials.”
Alzheimer’s Research UK, the charity campaigning for more help with dementia, said green tea “may” help prevent the condition.
The charity made the claim while referencing a study published last year in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging on green tea’s effectiveness in 957 over 75s living in Singapore.
“Nature can be a powerful source of compounds with medicinal properties, but it’s too early to conclude that tea drinking is directly linked to better brain health,” said Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Those who regularly drink tea may also partake in other interests and behaviours that influence their risk of memory disorders later in life.
“With one million people in the UK expected to have dementia by 2025, we must continue invest in research to inform approaches to maximize brain health into older age.”
Doctors and nutritionists also suggested coffee could help extend lifespans.
“Moderate amounts of coffee (four cups a day) may confer some health gains.
“Coffee has beneficial antioxidants and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
There are several ways to reduce Alzheimer’s risk, the biggest form of dementia, including doing exercise.
Simple gardening or dancing can help the brain, said charity the Alzheimer’s Society.
Drink green tea you prepare: to gain the benefits of green tea it’s best to make tea from loose-leaf tea leaves. But there are also powders and supplements you can take, such as green tea extract, that contain some or all of the active ingredients.
When drinking green tea, just be sure you don’t add sugar, which could undo the positive benefits of your cup of tea. And milk may reduce the antioxidant capacity of tea.
The more you can use green tea to replace other sweet drinks–like soft drinks, energy drinks, and sugary beverages–the better!
Green tea contains tannins, which can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid. As such, it may be better for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to abstain. People who are anemic should be careful drinking tea around mealtime.
Those taking anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) should drink green tea with caution due to its vitamin K content, which is necessary for blood coagulation.
People who have anxiety or are very sensitive to caffeine should also be cautious about drinking green tea.
Studies in laboratory animals have found that green tea polyphenols inhibit the growth of esophageal cancer cells (in line with its anti-cancer properties). Other clinical studies have found that green tea offers protection against the development of esophageal cancer, particularly among women. However, one large-scale population-based clinical study found just the opposite: drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, and the stronger and hotter the tea, the greater the risk. It seems that if the water is very hot, it can damage the esophagus and lead to long-term adverse consequences. So just make sure the tea you drink isn’t extremely hot.