Did you know that green tea can grow your brain?
A polyphenol called EGCG in green tea has been linked to neurogenesis, the production of new neurons in the brain.
“We proposed that EGCG can improve cognitive function,” said Professor Yun Bai who lead the research effort. “We focused our research on the hippocampus, the part of the brain that processes information from short-term to long-term memory.”
Another study published in Psychopharmacology, evaluated the benefits of green tea on brain function, and found that “the magnitude of green tea induced [an] increase in parieto-frontal connectivity positively correlated with improvement in task performance.” Which means the more you drink, the more the impact.
Researchers are now looking at the power of green tea to help fight diseases related to the aging brain. Studies have shown that green tea reduces the mitochondrial disfunction characteristic of Alzheimer’s patients, while also helping to proliferate neurogenesis, repairing damage already done.
What’s more, it acts to protect your brain from future disease, as a neuroprotectant.
But that’s not all. Green tea also speeds up metabolism, contains antioxidants many times more potent than vitamin C (EGCG is the most potent in its class), and fights metabolic disorders like Diabetes.
I recommend Lipton’s lemon ginseng green tea, with a drop of coconut oil and a spoonful of honey. Both ginseng and the medium chain triglycerides found in the coconut oil are shown to improve cognitive function. Besides, it tastes like fruit loops!
So be sure to drink a cup or two of green tea every day!