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March 2, 2011
So much is already known about numerous amazing health benefits of green tea. This ancient herbal remedy can protect us against cancer, slow down aging and promote longevity, aid in weight loss, assist in controlling bad cholesterol levels in our blood, keep our blood pressure under control and so on. According to a recent study, drinking green tea on an everyday basis can also improve our brain function and particularly protect us against developing such condition as dementia, which is associated with aging and becoming more and more common nowadays.
A number of previous studies have shown that green tea has an excellent potential for preventing such forms of brain disorders as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson diseases. A group of scientists at Newcastle University studied the effects of protective actions of green tea, namely on those stages when this natural product is been digested. It was found out that brain health boosting compounds of green tea are among those which are digested the best and correspondingly have the strongest action.
Doctor Ed Okello, one of the research team leaders, says: “What was really exciting about this study was that we found when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer’s development than the undigested form of the tea.” Besides, it was discovered that cancer-protecting compounds are also being digested very well, this way making anti-cancer properties of green tea very strong.
To increase the effectiveness of their researches, the scientists from Newcastle University teamed up with the specialists from the Plant Products and Food Quality Group at the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee, who developed an innovative technology for analyzing the processes in human digestive system. That is how the study resulted in these interesting findings. Those, who want to learn more about health benefits of green tea and its effects on our brain activity can check out the latest issue of the academic journal Phytomedicine, which has published the findings of this study.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.