- Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world.
- Researchers believe green tea is a more acceptable alternative to medicine
CHINA, July 30, 2017 : Here’s news to turn your week into a Wellness Week! If you like tea, and are also on the lookout for a healthier lifestyle, then now is the perfect time to switch to green tea. Adding to its countless benefits, a latest research has now revealed that green tea can help improve memory and insulin resistance in the brain.
Northwest A&F University, in Yangling, China recently conducted a research which suggested that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active compound found in green tea could lessen high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment.
EGCG has the potential to improve insulin resistance, which is a precursor of type II diabetes. Insulin resistance occurs when insulin levels are sufficiently high over an extended period of time and is in turn, associated with a higher risk of developing heart diseases.
An ancient beverage in Southeast Asia, Green tea has been long touted to boost immunity, keep the heart healthy and reduce risk of multiple diseases. Made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, it is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and is grown in 30 countries.
“The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combating obesity, insulin resistance and memory impairment,” believes Xuebo Liu from Northwest A&F University, in Yangling, China, reports IANS.
For the research, the team divided three-month old male mice into three groups that were each fed differently,
- A standard diet
- An HFD diet
- An HFD + EGCG diet
The mice were then monitored for 16 weeks and tested on a range of parameters, like a water maze memory test.
The study revealed two major findings,
- The group fed with HFFD had an elevated final body weight than the control mice, and a considerably higher final body weight than the HFFD+EGCG mice.
- The HFFD+EGCG group had a much lower escape latency and escape distance than the HFFD group on every test day.
Consistent with these results, the study established that consuming EGCG prevented HFFD-evoking memory impairment and neuronal loss (which is more commonly known as brain drain).
The research has been published in The FASEB Journal, and is also available online.
Benefits of green tea & It’s healing properties:
- Promotes weight loss
- Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Relieves stress and depression
- Boosts immune system
- Improves oral health
- Reduces risk of diseases like type 2 Diabetes, Skin Cancer and Neurological diseases
Also Read: Skin Benefits Of Green Tea
– by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala
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