A team of researchers has released their findings indicating that tea consumption could result in a more efficient brain structural organization, following a comprehensive investigation on system-level brain networks. The results were published in the journal Aging.
For the study, researchers recruited a set of healthy participants and examined their frequency of tea consumption and how subsequent functional and structural networks affect brain organization.
The findings indicated that tea consumption leads to a more efficient structural organization. This efficiency was not observed, however, on the global functional organization.
“The suppression of hemispheric asymmetry in the structural connectivity network was observed as a result of tea drinking,” the findings detailed.
“We did not observe any significant effects of tea drinking on the hemispheric asymmetry of the functional connectivity network. In addition, functional connectivity strength within the default mode network (DMN) was greater for the tea-drinking group, and coexistence of increasing and decreasing connective strengths was observed in the structural connectivity of the DMN.”
“Our study offers the first evidence of the positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure and suggests a protective effect on age-related decline in brain organisation,” the findings conclude.