Memory Loss: Green Tea Will Help You Find It
No doubt life can get icky, and there’s a lot of stuff we want to forget. Sure enough, however, there are a gazillion things we absolutely want to remember, and for as long as we can! Fortunately, and gratefully, studies are proving that green tea extract may be a key supplement to memory performance and longevity of cognitive function.
A few years back, a study proved that “the consumption of green tea improved memory and attention in subjects with mild cognitive impairments” (Park et al. 2011). These scientists conducted tests and showed that not only those with “typical” brains fared quite well with the introduction of green tea into their diet, but those with mental “challenges” also benefited from the experiment.
The most recent psychopharmacological study (try to say that 10 times), published on springer.com, proved that green tea “enhances memory required for task performance by helping different parts of the brain to communicate more effectively.” Fancy wording for “you won’t forget”, and also “different parts of the brain are communicating with others.”
Twelve volunteers agreed to have a whey-based “drink” intravenously supplied to them: half had the substance laced with a substantial amount of green-tea extract included over a period of time. Of course, none of the volunteers were informed who actually “got” the tea. It is also worth reporting that those 12 participants had several MRI’s in order to study their brain activity during that period. Evidently, the drink enhanced the parieto-frontal connectivity.
The meaning of “parieto-frontal” is neither risqué, too brainy, nor incomprehensible. Here is the simple explanation: There are four lobes in the brain. The parietal and the frontal lobes are two major portions that are adjacent. Together, these two parts cover attention, memory, planning, senses, and particular visual systems, among other functions.
So, if green-tea extract improves the connectivity between these two areas, that is an incredible finding! For those who have a typical brain, this is amazing news. For those with cognitive impairment, this is even better news. It might be possible to delay, assist with, or someday, avoid negative conditions from Alzheimer’s or dementia based on results from this experiment.
Then, if green tea has been proven time and time again to enhance brain function, why not give it a chance? Those of us who are marginally healthy should absolutely take advantage, especially considering that studies are depicting long-term benefits from green tea use. Hopefully, we can soon avoid/prevent illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia with the aid of natural products.
Park SK, Jung IC, Lee WK, Lee YS, Park HK, Go HJ, Kim K, Lim NK, Hong JT, Ly SY, Rho, SS (2011). A combination of green teat extract and I-theanine improves memory and attention in subjects with mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled study. J Med Food 14:334-343