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Cuppas Against Dementia! 2006-06-20

Posted by clype in Health, Science.

One drink — more than any other — will keep your brain young. And that drink is tea. Green tea or black tea. Hot tea or iced tea. It doesn't matter; tea may be the brain's fountain of youth.

Regular consumption of either green or black tea seems to reduce the risk of age-related degenerative brain disorders, such as 'Alzheimer's disease', according to researchers from 'The Douglas Hospital Research Centre' at 'Mcgill University' in Canada.

That's right. You may be able to protect your brain later from the ravages of dementia by drinking tea now.

How does tea do this? 'Catechins', an 'anti-oxidant' in the tea, actually prevents 'neurons' from dying, combating an underlying cause of 'Alzheimer's'.

[Picture of Remi Quirion]
Rémi Quirion

Led by Mr.Rémi Quirion, the team used cultured nerve cells (also called 'neurons') and exposed them to 'amyloid', a protein believed to cause 'Alzheimer's disease'. This molecule was toxic and caused cell death in the cultures; however, cell cultures that received the deadly 'amyloid' followed by an administration of tea extracts and 'catechins' were rescued and survived.
It's important to note the human clinical trials have not been conducted. Still, co-author Mr.Stéphane Bastianetto is encouraged.

'This research does suggest that a regular consumption of tea, green or black, may reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disease such as "Alzheimer's".'

The best way to make a cup of tea:

For a great afternoon pick-me-up, brew a cup of tea and make it extra rich in 'anti-oxidants'. To do this, use more tea leaves per cup or use less water. Brew it longer, and stir the leaves as the tea brews.

The findings were published in 'The European Journal of Neuroscience' ('EJN').



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