Here’s why you should drink green tea

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Your love for green tea may help im­prove mem­ory as well as in­sulin re­sis­tance in the brain caused by a high­fat and high-fruc­tose diet, re­searchers say.

A study, in­volv­ing mice, showed that green tea con­tains an in­gre­di­ent known as EGCG (epi­gal­lo­cat­e­chin-3gal­late), the most abun­dant cat­e­chin and bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive com­po­nent. This com­po­nent has the po­ten­tial to al­le­vi­ate in­sulin re­sis­tance — a pre­cur­sor to type II di­a­betes — that is in­duced by obe­sity as well as im­prove age-re­lated cog­ni­tive de­cline, ac­com­pa­nied by pe­riph­eral in­flam­ma­tion, the re­searchers said.

“Green tea is the sec­ond most con­sumed bev­er­age in the world af­ter wa­ter, and is grown in at least 30 coun­tries,” said Xuebo Liu from the North­west A&F Univer­sity in Yan­gling, China.

“The an­cient habit of drink­ing green tea may be a more ac­cept­able al­ter­na­tive to medicine when it comes to com­bat­ting obe­sity, in­sulin re­sis­tance, and mem­ory im­pair­ment,” Liu added.

Pre­vi­ous re­search pointed to the po­ten­tial of EGCG to treat a va­ri­ety of hu­man dis­eases such as bone mar­row disor­ders, re­duc­ing the kid­ney tox­i­c­ity and dam­age caused by cancer drug, as well as some heart con­di­tions.

For the study, pub­lished in The FASEB Jour­nal, the team di­vided three-month-old male mice into three groups based on diet: 1) a con­trol group fed with a stan­dard diet 2) a group fed with an high-fat and high­fruc­tose (HFFD) diet and 3) a group fed with an HFFD diet and 2 grams of EGCG per liter of drink­ing wa­ter.

The re­searchers mon­i­tored the mice for 16 weeks and found that those fed with HFFD had a higher fi­nal body weight than the con­trol mice, and a sig­nif­i­cantly higher fi­nal body weight than the HFFD+EGCG mice.

AC­CORD­ING TO A STUDY, GREEN TEA CAN SIG­NIF­I­CANTLY RE­DUCE KID­NEY TOX­I­C­ITY, BONE MAR­ROW DISOR­DERS, AGE-RE­LATED COG­NI­TIVE DE­CLINE

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