More Studies Confirm That Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimers
There is a certain clarity in a cup of tea. When you take a cup of tea instead of coffee, it doesn’t jolt you up but pushes any fuzziness out of the way. Particularly with Green Tea, you get a sort of focus, a freshness, and a rejuvenation of the mind that really can’t be compared. This has been supported in scientific studies, saying that it helps with all sorts of health, mental and otherwise. This includes reports that Green Tea may stand a fighting chance in battling Alzheimer’s. As it turns out, there have been subsequent reports on the topic and recently Forbes reported in an article that more studies confirm that Green Tea may prevent Alzheimers.
Melanie Haiken reports that neurologist Henry L. Paulson, MD described the benefits of Green Tea, saying the flavonoid EGCG seems to protect the brain from the accumulation of amyloid plaques that scientists believe cause the brain deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Haiken writes in particular about a recent article she received on the subject,
All of this research, and more, is described in the June 2013 issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, which appeared in my in-box recently. In a fascinating article titled Green Tea Protects Brain Cells, the editors describe four new studies showing that “green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”
One interesting experiment she wrote about was in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This study, unlike many tea studies that come out,was done in humans, although it was just 12 of them. Most interestingly, it is the first study to use MRI technology to look at people’s brains to see the effect EGCG might have.
Participants in the study were given a beverage to drink after which they performed a memory-stimulating task while researchers monitored their brain function. Two different doses of green tea were tested against a placebo drink that contained no green tea. Those who received green tea extract were observed to have increased activity in the dorsolateral prefontal cortex, which is an area of the brain responsible for processing working memory. They also noted dose-response, which meant that there was an even greater increase in brain activity at the higher dosage of green tea, which stupports the cause and effect relationship.
Ultimately, this is great news for Green Tea, especially in regard to brain function. Not only through these studies is it showing that it fights the things that cause Alzheimers, but this amazing study shows that the clarity you feel drinking Green tea is your brain working better in reaction to it. There is still more research to be done, and these studies aren’t the end of all information, but honestly, that extra cup of Green Tea can’t hurt. As Haiken concludes her article,
But when it comes to green tea, there really isn’t much of a downside to argue about. No one has ever shown green tea to be harmful to health, and studies have also shown it to be protective against breast cancer and possibly other conditions such as Parkinson’s. I’m guessing the researchers who performed these studies are pouring themselves cups of green tea right now, and I’m about to do the same.