Does Green Tea Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?Green tea is commonly known as anti-oxidants and originated in China and also known in many cultures throughout Asia.  Green tea also gives many health benefits but is recently linked to preventing Alzheimer’s.  So to find out the truth about this topic, I have searched all over blogs and written reports and landed on this article which summarize the answer to this question.

When you read the word extracts this usually means a “high octane” version of what you could usually get drinking a cup of tea. It also usually means that you might have to drink hundreds of cups of green tea in order to get the same effect that comes from ingesting the “extract”.

First up, Jeffrey B. Blumberg, a director of Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, found that “recent studies on flavonoids, phytochemicals especially rich in plant foods like berries and tea, show they may act to promote brain performance and/or reduce the risk for neurodegenerative conditions.”

“A second new study by Swiss researchers, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green-tea beverages were associated with increased activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of the brain. This is a key area for working memory processing. The researchers found the activity was greater still with the higher dose of the green-tea extract. No, this extract is not available for purchase. And yes, it is some kind of mega-dose.”

A multidisciplinary research team of chemists, biochemists and biophysicists investigated the structural effects of EGCG on amyloid plaques. They found that the green tea compound prevented the formation of potentially dangerous amyloid aggregates. In other words, “a flavonoid found in green tea, called ECGC, binds and changes the property of beta-amyloid, a toxic protein that accumulates in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease”.Read more.

 

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