The pros and cons of drinking tea for the elderly

a white cup and saucer , the cup contains tea

Studies suggest that drinking tea whilst eating a meal can reduce the intake of iron by up to 60 % which in some isolated cases can lead to anaemia.

The elderly are more at risk of iron deficiency anaemia and by simply drinking a quality orange juice with meals instead of tea can increases their iron intake.

That said, tea has been an important drink for thousands of years and been part of culture in countries around the world, forming major parts of ceremonies, trade routes and even starting revolutions.

Tea isn’t just appreciated for its good taste and worldwide appeal, it also offers numerous health benefits and these are a few reasons you drink tea daily.

Overall Health

Tea can be beneficial to your whole body as you can see from these great effects.

  1. Tea contains antioxidants and these can can help slow down ageing and help cells to regenerate and repair.
  2. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee and whilst there are some potential health benefits to consuming moderate amounts of caffeine too much can damage the heart and other organs.
  3. Tea helps with hydration it was previously thought that drinks containing caffine dehydrated you more than they hydrated, recent research has shown this not to be the case unless you drink more than 5 to 6 cups at a time. Tea hydrates and provides anti-oxidants.

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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