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Now You can Fight Memory Loss With Green Tea, Says New Research

Tired of eating almonds for better memory? Now you can sip a cup of refreshing green tea for improved memory and more!

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Green tea is the second most consumed beverage.
Green tea is believed to have therapeutic intervention to cure a variety of diseases. Pixabay
  • 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.

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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.

THE RESEARCH

For the research, the team divided three-month old male mice into three groups that were each fed differently,

  1. A standard diet
  2. An HFD diet
  3. 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.

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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:

  1. Promotes weight loss
  2. Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  3. Relieves stress and depression
  4. Boosts immune system
  5. Improves oral health
  6. 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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7 popular Flavors of Green Tea and Their Benefits

Here are 7 popular flavors of Green Tea you must taste once in life.

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7 Flavors of green tea and its benefits
7 Flavors of green tea and its benefits.Pexels
  • Green tea is a natural antioxidant and has many health benefits.
  • The tea leaves do not undergo any oxidation process which makes much healthier than other teas.

It is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. Its consumption is also known to facilitate healthy hair and clear skin.The extracts of this tea have been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for a variety of uses

Here are 7 Popular flavors of green tea and their benefits-

Tulsi 

Tulsi Green Tea and its benefits
Tulsi Green Tea and its benefits.Wikimedia Commons

Tulsi or Basil comes the rich tradition of Ayurveda and herbal remedies. Tulsi in tea gives it a refreshing flavor and helps to protect the body from damaging free radicals. It also works as a stress buster and boosts Stamina and helps to maintain better digestion and metabolism.

Mint

Mint Green Tea and its benefits
Mint Green Tea and its benefits.Wikimedia Commons

Mint green tea is the most refreshing one and its aroma will make your day brighter. It is a rich antioxidant and has unique energizing benefits, which can lighten up your mood and improve your digestion power.

Matcha 

Matcha Green Tea and its benefits
Matcha Green Tea and its benefits. Pixabay

Matcha tea is in powdered form and is made up of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is a rich antioxidant and burns fat in the body. It helps in relaxing body and lowers the cholesterol level. It is loaded with catechins and has a  rich herbaceous flavor

Chamomile 

Chamomile Green tea and its benefits
Chamomile Green tea and its benefits. Pixabay

Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Tea infused with chamomile flowers in hot waters gives it perfect aroma.It gives a relief from stress and aids migraines.Chamomile tea also gives relief from stomach cramps and helps in proper digestion.

Jasmine 

Jasmine Green tea and its benefits
Jasmine Green tea and its benefits.Pixabay

It is simply tea that has been flavored with jasmine flowers. It gives relief from stress and helps in reducing inflammation caused by arthritis. Its refreshing aroma gives relief in stress and reduces the level of high blood pressure.

Honey lemon 

Honey lemon green tea and its benefits
Honey lemon green tea and its benefits.Pixabay

It is the best antioxidant and helps in reducing weight quickly. It freshens up your mood and energizes your body. The concoction also helps in attaining smooth and glowing skin.

Himalayan

Himalayan green tea and its benefits
Himalayan green tea and its benefits. Pixabay

Organic tea leaves picked from the roots of the mighty Himalaya.Himalayan Tea helps to aid fatigue and also serves as an excellent detox. In addition to this, it also aids digestion, weight loss and helps reducing blood pressure.

Here are 7 refreshing and highly beneficial green teas that you can try out. Stay tuned for more health tips.

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Health Benefits of eating more Whole Grains

Having a whole grain diet helps lose weight, as compared to refined grains -- rich in starch, gluten and devoid of natural fiber.

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  • Regularly consuming whole grain foods such as barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal and rye may help lose weight
  • It also decreases the risk of heart disease and diabetes, a study has claimed.

Why should you eat more whole grains? Here is all you need to know

The findings showed that study participants who ate whole grains had less inflammation, particularly in overweight people, which increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Further, participants were also found to eat less when whole grain products were on the menu because whole grain consumption causes satiety.

Importantly, having a whole grain diet helps lose weight, as compared to refined grains — rich in starch, gluten and devoid of natural fiber.

“Our analysis confirmed that there is a sound scientific basis for the dietary recommendation to eat whole grains. This may particularly apply to people who are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes,” said Tine Rask Licht, professor at the Technical University of Denmark.

Additionally, the researchers used DNA sequencing to analyze stool samples from the participants in order to examine whether the different diet types affected the participants’ gut bacteria composition.

Overall, the analysis did not show major effects of the dietary grain products on the composition of the lose weight.

“However, even though the analysis did not reveal significant changes in the average gut microbiota after whole grain consumption, it may well be that the individual components of our gut microbes has an impact on the individual reaction of our body to dietary whole grains,” Licht explained.

For the study, described in the journal Gut, the team included adults at risk of developing cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes. The participants were divided randomly into two groups, with whole grain diet and refined varieties for eight weeks.(IANS)

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Actress Yami Gautam wants to be a Part of Costume Drama or Dance Based Movie

Yami Gautam shares her fitness secrets and is interested in being a part of a dance based movie.

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  • Actress Yami Gautam is interested in doing a Dance based movie or costume Drama.

Yami Gautam tries out different ways to stay fit

The actress Yami Gautam, who got associated with Quaker Oats to talk about the importance of consuming a healthy breakfast through a live Facebook session, is willing to change her physical appearance as long as a project is convincing enough.

“It totally depends. It’s not easy, but I cannot give a subjective answer to this question. But I feel if there is a role that I love and love the team, then I would take it as it comes,” said the model turned actress.

Apart from her work, the “Sanam Re” actress is also known for being fit. She says she makes a “conscious effort to stay fit and feel good”.

“The kind of profession I am in, and the active lifestyle we all lead requires us to be on our toes all the time. Which is why it becomes all the more important to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Keeping fit is not about a good core or a good body, it is a lifestyle choice which reflects every day. It even translates to little things like good skin and hair, amongst others,” Yami said.

What is her fitness regime?

“I do mostly functional training. I do very little weights. As I said, it always is an amalgamation of pure workout and your diet. It doesn’t mean cutting down food. It means including more healthy stuff in your food, that gives you the right nutrition intake.”

Yami feels each individual finds their own way to a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s not always restricted to the gym. I dance, someone does yoga, someone goes cycling. I think any sort of physical activity and right food is very important. I think even right food doesn’t mean it has to be bland and boring.

“Healthy food can be yum too. For instance, as part of Breakfasts of India, I cooked Dakshini Toast with Quaker Oats – a recipe that was healthy, tasty and easy to make. I truly believe you must enjoy what you are eating.

“Keep one day to indulge, I never call it a ‘cheat day’ because I feel you deserve it,” the Yami Gautam said.(IANS)