For centuries, folks have believed the many health benefits of tea, and some calling it a real-life “fountain of youth.”
In fact, according to a new study in 2021, this may not be too far fetched. Researchers have found that regular drinking of tea may help reduce the chances of DNA damage in the human body.
As you age, your cells are constantly replicating. Throughout this replication, your cells are being attacked by nasty free radicals. These free radicals causes damage to the sequences at each of the ends of our DNA chromosomes, known as telomeres, to shorten.
Once telomeres begin to diminish, senescence (biological aging) takes hold – the cell dies, never to replicate again.
However, no fret! Researchers found that people who drank tea on a consistent basis (about 3 cups of tea daily) had significantly less damage to their telomeres than those who drank just water.
This difference meant that telomeres were about 4.6 kilobases longer, which (according to the study) equates to “approximately a difference of 5 years of life.”
So keep those telomeres sturdy – drink more tea!