Protecting your memory may be as simple as a cup of tea and a walk

Science is finally catching up with what many of our grandparents told us for years: food is your best medicine. Now researchers are saying that could be true for tough diseases like Alzheimer’s.green tea's EGCG for Alzheimer's prevention

Researchers are looking at ways to treat – and even prevent – Alzheimer’s through every day foods. The latest capturing their interest is green tea for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Both inflammation and oxidative stress (what antioxidants protect against) are linked to every known disease from cataracts to Cancer.

In Alzheimer’s, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of green tea help prevent the beta amyloid plaques from forming. The plaques  associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms include memory loss, confusion, agitation, and lack of concern for others or your surroundings.

Why green tea’s good for your brain

Green tea boasts a high concentration of a type of flavonoid called catechins. Specifically, a type of catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).

Not only does EGCG help prevent brain plaques from forming, it also keeps your brain cells healthier.

Because this hard-working nutrient crosses the tough to penetrate blood brain barrier. Brain cells use EGCG to help protect against damage, repair damage, and prevent cell death associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.

As good as this sounds, that’s just part of the healthy brain story…

Move your body for a sharper mind

It’s well documented that moderate exercise slows down mental decline that comes naturally with age. And studies show exercise can help patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s remain independent longer as it slows disease progression.

This made researchers wonder…

Is two better than one?

University of Missouri-Columbia researchers wondered if combining green tea with exercise could provide even better results. The researchers gave a maze and nest building test to a group of mice with Alzheimer’s. Then these mice were fed water spiked with green tea extract and placed an exercise wheel in their cage.

When the mice took the tests again, they scored much better. Not only did they behave with more sharpness, their brain was physically healthier too. Analysis of their brain tissue showed a marked decrease in beta amyloid plaque buildup.

How to multiply the health benefits of green tea

From cataracts to Cancer, every known disease is associated with inflammation and oxidative stress. So the better you fight off the two, the heathier your entire mind and body can stay.

You can multiply the effects of green tea by adding a common nutrient called quercetin.

Major cancer studies show quercetin increases green tea’s antioxidant capacity up to 4 times. This effectively reduces risk of many common types of cancer. One study showed the combination increased EGCG absorption four times in lung cancer cells and two times in kidney cancer cells to help prevent tumor growth and spread.

You can find EGCG and quercetin in one formula here: http://livegracefully.com/anti-inflammatory-antioxidant

 

Resources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15956814

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01035.x/abstract

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/18653/20150505/green-tea-extract-exercise-may-hinder-the-progress-of-alzheimers-disease.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22438067