27. October 2010 16:23
The more research that is done, the more that loose leaf green tea truly seems like some type of miraculous panacea or elixir. Studies now show that an antioxidant that occurs in this type of tea may help to combat the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. This antioxidant may help to protect the brain and to potentially help ward off inimical effects of Alzheimer’s disease on cognition such as memory.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia which causes memory loss, confusion, and trouble with cognitive processes such as learning. It is a disease of the brain that destroys brain cells. It interferes with functioning until the sufferer can no longer work or perform even simple daily tasks. It progressively worsens over time, slowly deteriorating the brain. It can be heartbreaking to watch loved ones suffering from this disease. There is no known, proven prevention or cure for dementia.
Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate
A polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG has been shown in studies to help impede with the formation of certain proteins in the brain that are associated with nerve damage and memory loss. This may mean that they can reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on memory and nerves. EGCG is an incredible catechin which has also been linked to fighting off cancer cells and reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. More research is needed to study the effects EGCG has on dementia. Some studies have shown that it fights off harmful proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The absorption rate of this catechin in the human body is unknown, however.
Antioxidants in green tea
Loose leaf green tea contains antioxidants which may help to prevent certain enzymes associated with memory loss and other effects of Alzheimer’s disease, from forming. Certain compounds in green tea act as enzyme inhibitors for harmful enzymes that cause some of the effects of dementia. In this way, green tea works to protect the brain from this types of diseases and side effects.
Green tea is not enough
Though green tea helps to reduce memory loss, and inhibits certain enzymes that cause dementia, it is not enough to cure Alzheimer’s disease. It may prevent it, but further studies are needed to prove this. It is important to find out exactly what EGCG can do, and how much of it can be absorbed into the body at a time. More research is merited, but studies have yet to find a cure for dementia. It’s important to discuss treatment plans with your doctor.
It’s important to maintain a healthy diet and daily exercise. These are simple ways to improve your overall health and to fight off health risks. Drinking green tea won’t cure you of all ills and miraculously make healthful changes in your life, but it certainly can help you along the way. And though it may not be the cure for Alzheimer’s, drinking green tea can’t hurt you, even in large quantities. It’s worth drinking on a regular basis as it has many other benefits to your health and quality of life.