Green tea found to boost brain power

Friday, April 5th, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Green tea found to boost brain power
~ Green tea found to boost brain power ~

In addition to being heart healthy and a possible weapon against cancer, gum disease and glaucoma, new evidence show that green tea could be a powerful brain booster. A research out of China is the latest study to tout the health benefits of this Asia tonic, now ubiquitous in the western world.

In a study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, a team of Chinese researchers showed that an organic chemical in green tea, epigallocatechin-3 gallate or EGCG, known for its antioxidant properties, could improve memory and spatial learning, boosting the generation of brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis.

However, in the Chinese study, EGCG also proved to be beneficial against age-related degenerative diseases, impactful on the hippocampus, which processes information from short-term to long-term memory, scientists said.

Researchers ran tests on two groups of mice – one fed EGCG and the other acting as a control group. The mice were then trained for several days to find a visible and an invisible platform within a maze. Results showed that the mice treated with the green tea compound took less time to find the hidden platform, showing that EGCG can enhance learning and memory by improving object recognition and spatial memory, they said.

The organic chemical EGCG acts directly to increase the production of neural progenitor cells, both in glass tests and in mice. This helps the researchers to understand the potential for EGCG and green tea to help combat degenerative diseases and memory loss.

Information via AFP-Relaxnews.


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