Can Green Tea Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?


What is Alzheimer's disease?

 

 

Alzheimer's disease affects more that 520,000 in the UK alone and is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a particular set of symptoms which can include difficulties with thinking, memory loss and problem-solving or language ability loss.

If you are reading this you probably already know someone who has this horrible disease.

 

So what has Alzheimer's to Do With Green tea?

Great question! Well Let's get into it (without too much of the complicated science stuff)

While research has shown the effects of green tea on beta-amyloids, one of the most notable studies used MRI technology to actually view its effect. Participants in the study were given either a green tea or a placebo beverage, and their brain activity was then monitored using an MRI machine. Those who received the green tea drink had a notable increase in brain activity, and researchers also found a “dose-response” in the participants, meaning brain activity increased as more green tea was consumed.

 

One of the most important studies on this topic used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to view brain activity after participants were given either green tea or a placebo drink. The

The study was a bit more complicated than that but it showed that those that were drinking green tea had a notable increase in activity within their brain. In fact, the researchers found a "dose-response" in the participants so that means brain activity actually increased as more of the green tea was consumed. 

According to this study, and others like it, there is evidence that green tea can protect brain cells.

Another study (which also used MRI scanning), showed that green tea can have a beneficial effect on memory, in some cases improving memory.

Because of the overwhelming success of these types studies of on green tea, researchers plan to do more to test the potential of green tea in treating cognitive impairments like dementia and Alzheimer’s in the future.

So in the meantime, you can prepare yourself by drinking green tea now!


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