10. November 2010 12:09
New studies show that loose leaf green tea and other types of loose leaf teas can actually help improve your memory! Research shows that these types of teas help to inhibit enzymes that are associated with memory. This could mean that we’ve found a preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, or perhaps a way to help treat this form of dementia even after onset.
How does this work?
Studies and research show that compounds in certain types of tea may inhibit enzymes that are connected to loss of memory. By acting as an enzyme inhibitor, tea can actually prevent the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The enzyme is called acetylcholinesterase or AChE for short. This enzyme breaks down neurotransmitters called acetylcholine. A decrease in these chemical messengers is linked with Alzheimer’s disease. By preventing this enzyme from breaking down this neurotransmitter, tea can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing.
Another enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase, or BuChe for short, is found in the examined brains of patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and is another enzyme tea may help to inhibit.
Differences with green tea
Green tea has also been shown to obstruct something called beta secretase. This compound produces protein deposits in the brain which have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. By obstructing the activity of these, green tea may further help to work against Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of loose leaf green tea also last for a longer period of time than do the effects of black tea.
Slowing the development
Green tea is not a cure. There is no cure for dementia, but studies show that it is possible to slow the progression of the disease. Medicines on the market work to hinder the activity of the enzymes discussed here, AChe and BuChe, and beta secretase. But these drugs may have harmful chemicals with inimical side effects. Green tea is an all natural alternative. But it is important to discuss this with your doctor before putting it to the test. It would be wonderful to see what further research yields, because green tea is inexpensive and tastes delicious, and is free of the adverse side effects that medicines may produce.
Green tea may improve your memory and sharpen your cognitive and learning abilities by drinking it every day. Try to add a few cups to your daily routine to enjoy these healthful benefits.
Drinking loose leaf teas every day will improve your overall health on the long term. Studies have shown that green tea has wonderful benefits to your health, including benefits to your dental hygiene, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight loss, anxiety, depression, and many others. It can boost your metabolism, it can strengthen your immune system, help to fight off disease and illness causing free radicals, and help to improve the overall quality of your life.
Try brewing some loose leaf tea today and try some of the many flavors available to you. Test out some teas and see what you like best. There’s no harm in trying and finding out what you like best. It’s a delicious drink that research shows will improve your health.