A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that consuming green tea on a regular basis could lower the risk of becoming functionally disabled as you age. Researchers followed 1,400 people during a 3 year period and monitored their green tea consumption along with data on functional disability.
The study refers to functional disability as the inability to do basic everyday tasks like dressing oneself, bathing, shopping, etc.
The study concluded that elderly people that consumed green tea on a regular basis were more agile and reduced the risk of being functionally disabled. There was an inverse effect, so the more cups of green tea consumed on a daily basis yielded better results at warding off becoming functionally disabled.
This has greatly to do with the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in green tea. For those drinking Matcha green tea you can benefit more as it takes about 10 cups of regular green tea to be equivalent to the nutritional value in Matcha. Matcha is also known to have the highest amount of antioxidants amongst superfoods.