Green tea is a beverage from ancient times that has had an impact on human health and healing. Folklore is full of anecdotes and remedies. In modern times the use of green tea for brain health has become more researched. Alzheimer's Disease seems to be happening these days in record numbers. Is there anything that will help this disease?
Some fascinating research has been done on green tea and Alzheimer's. A researcher from McMaster University in Canada, named Melacini, thinks that the best way to avoid Alzheimer's is to prevent it in the first place. He feels green tea used as much as 15 -25 years before the onset of Alzheimer's is one way to prevent it. (1)
The key substance in green tea that seems to be working, are the catechins. We've talked about catechins in the last two blogs. Another study from 2002 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry indicates that green tea can do more than prevent dementia, but helps brain function, memory and decreases damage done by metal toxicity. (2)
I feel that while drinking green tea is definitely an asset to one's brain, other good health practices should be used along with green tea. There seems to be a synergy between multiple approaches as opposed to doing just one thing. These things include nutritious diet, exercise, and social and spiritual aspects of life.
Remember, if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes be sure to discuss it with your health care provider.
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(1) Medical News Today, October 13, 2017
(2) Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2002, Sept.20:277(38):34933-40