Green Tea to Prevent Alzheimer’s?
I was delighted to hear this news. Green Tea May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s!
Since my Mom passed away with Alzheimer’s and this website was created, I try to stay aware of any news about Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Recently, I read that a study from researchers at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom has found that elements found in green tea could help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s when digested into the body.
I read this article with more interest than usual as I sip my morning tall-cup of steaming green tea. I’ve been a green tea fan for many years. Customarily, I have 2 cups every morning before my one cup of coffee. Usually, that’s it for the day but I have been known to have another cup or two in the evening if it’s a chilly night with a good movie on TV and warm afghan on my lap.
I know, most people believe that green tea is no substitute for hot chocolate on a chilly night, but it makes perfect sense to me because I like it.
Dr. Ed Okello said, “we found the digested compounds had anti-cancer properties too, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumor cells which we were using in our experiments. What was really exciting about this study,” he said, “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,” added lead researcher Dr. Ed Okello.
I’m delighted with the findings of this study. But, truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any other food or drink that purported as many health benefits as green tea. It’s been suggested for other cancers previously and touted to cure depression, among many other things.
I just like the taste and am certainly glad that I do. I knew it was a medicinal remedy for something or other when I first tried it many years ago. But I’ve been drinking it for so long now, I can’t remember why I first tried it. If it offers health benefits as well–all the better.
Many food products are touted as a “cure-all” for any number of diseases including, Dementia or Alzheimer’s. That doesn’t mean that any single food product can cure or make a significant difference in any disease. I do believe if we eat a well-balanced, healthy diet it will contribute to our overall good health.
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