Green tea may boost our work­ing mem­ory

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

Green tea has been hailed for many health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing its ef­fects against cancer, heart dis­ease and type 2 di­a­betes. Now, new re­search sug­gests the bev­er­age can en­hance our brain’s cog­ni­tive func­tions, par­tic­u­larly the work­ing mem­ory. The re­search team - in­clud­ing Prof. Christoph Beglinger and Prof. Ste­fan Borg­wardt of the Univer­sity Hospi­tal of Basel in Switzer­land - says their find­ings sug­gest that green tea could be promis­ing in the treat­ment of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ments as­so­ci­ated with neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders, such as de­men­tia. Green tea, na­tive to China and In­dia, is pro­duced from the leaves of the Camel­lia sinen­sis bush. Un­like other teas, green tea is made from un­ox­i­dized leaves. This min­i­mal pro­cess­ing means it is rich in an­tiox­i­dants.

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