The fact that green tea is good for your body isn’t news, but a new study reveals that green tea boosts memory and may even help with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer and dementia.
Up until now we knew that green tea helps fight against cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but a research team, led by professor Christoph Beglinger and professor Stefan Borgwardt, both from the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland, found evidence that green tea does more than that and can actually improve our brain’s cognitive functions, the working memory, in particular.
Green Tea Boosts Memory
The study was published recently in the Psychopharmacology journal and it details the promising finding that connects green tea to improved working memory and dementia. Past studies have shown that green tea will reduce the risk of stroke or help fight prostate cancer, but today we’ve got the evidence that it also helps our brain function better. These particular benefits of green tea have been suspected, but until now, scientist didn’t know green tea does our memory good.
Green tea boosts memory, by improving connectivity between the frontal cortex of the brain and the parietal cortex. The study was conducted on 12 young male volunteers; half of the men were given a beverage containing 27.6 grams of green tea extract while the other half was given a beverage without the green tea extract. Their brain activity was measured while the men performed working memory tasks.
The scientists found that the people who consumed the green tea beverage showed increased connectivity between the frontal cortex and the parietal lobule of the brain, which deals with the working memory.
The team also said that the findings may help with developing a treatment for dementia, a disorder that involves cognitive impairment.
Now that you know that green tea boosts memory are you going to drink more of it? What are your thoughts on this study? Have you noticed a difference on yourself after drinking green tea? Share your experience in the comment section below.