Study shows that tea prevents neurons from dying.

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    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 antioxidant in the tea, actually prevents neurons from dying, combating an underlying cause of Alzheimer's. Led by 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 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 antioxidants. 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.

  2. Bobo would love you posting this article..I'm pretty sure he is all about the Green Tea Extract for many different reasons.

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