Just one cup of tea a day could reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease by almost three-quarters, say researchers. Scientists studied more than 63,000 Chinese men and women.
Those who drank at least 23 cups of black tea a month were 71 per cent less likely to develop the neurological condition.
The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was unusual in analysing the health benefits of black tea - drunk by the majority of Britons - rather than green tea. What caused the beneficial effects remains unclear.
About 125,000 Britons have Parkinson's - which destroys brain cells that control movement - and 10,000 sufferers are diagnosed each year. It is a progressive neurological condition that destroys the cells in the part of the brain that controls movement. The condition affects all sorts of movement, including walking, talking and writing. The main symptoms are tremor or shaking, muscular rigidity or stiffness and slowness of movement.
There is no cure for Parkinson's, but there is a range of treatments available to help control symptoms including drugs and surgery.
Parkinson's Disease Society spokesman Dr Kieran Breen said the results were "promising" and more research was needed.
Source - Daily Mail