Learn how your morning routine could reduce your risk of depression and diabetes

Learn how your morning routine could
reduce your risk of depression and diabetes

You know I’m a big fan of coffee and tea—and two recent studies add more to their health-benefits resume.

An ancient proverb says, “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than green tea for one.” And it’s no wonder. This wonder brew has studies showing that it’s good for your heart and your immune system, can inhibit cancer cell growth, and can even help prevent tooth decay.

Now there’s another study on green tea that should give you something to smile about. The study, published in the December 2009 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that green tea can greatly reduce your chance of suffering from depression.

After studying 1,058 people, Dr. Kaijun Niu and his team of researchers found that if you’re like me, and you’re over 70, you can reduce your risk of depression by 44 percent by drinking four or more cups of green tea per day instead of just one.

This just adds to earlier research showing that drinking green tea can reduce levels of psychological distress. The researchers believe that the benefit could have something to do with theanine, an amino acid that appears to have a calming effect on the brain. But I don’t care whether it’s the theanine that has this cloud-lifting effect—or just the fact that the taste makes you happy—the results are still the same.

Another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed if you drink three to four cups of tea or coffee per day, you could reduce your risk of diabetes by 25 percent.

The Chinese could have told you about tea’s health-promoting benefits thousands of years ago, and they didn’t need any fancy university studies to clue them in. They knew it because they experienced these benefits first-hand.

And if you drink a few cups a day, you could experience these benefits first-hand as well.

I think I’ll put a pot on right now.