In a recent study published in the journal Phytomedicine, the effect of green tea was studied on its ability to fight Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Interestingly, this study revealed the potential role green tea might play in protecting the body against cancer.
In this study, compounds known as polyphenols that are found in both black and green tea were found to have neuro-protective properties. The polyphenols bind with toxic compounds like beta-amyloid plaque and protect brain cells.
Most exciting was the finding that when green tea was digested in the gut by enzymes, it became even more powerful than just the undigested green tea in protecting the brain from Alzheimer’s disease.
Also, these digested green tea compounds were shown to slow down growth of tumor cells.
Traditionally, both green and black tea was sipped during or after a relaxing meal. So, adding a tea to sip along with a meal could be a very beneficial habit, but I still don’t suggest drinking green tea all day long in place of water.
Finkel, J. Green Tea May Be Alzheimer’s Disease Fighter. Life Extension Mag. 2011 July/Aug:24
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