The health care professionals, scientists and lay public have been searching so long for a ‘miracle cure’ to treat all-if not many-of sicknesses and illnesses that everyone is facing every day. But there was neither single medicine nor supplement that has a capability to cure any sickness that may inflict the human body; medical science is not even close to discovering one. However, through researches and studies, green tea and green tea extract were discovered to have health benefits covering a wide range of areas.
Green tea helps in reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases, prevention of cancer, losing weights, boosting the immune system and improving memory. Medical science has substantiated all of these claims with scientific evidences as well as results. Now, one of these claims, improving memory, is taken into further investigation on how well the results are.
How Green Tea Works To Improve Your Memory
According to the health care professionals, green tea has two main components which are responsible in improving one’s memory these are the polyphenols and its specific strain scientifically called flavonoids.
Polyphenol is a compound or substance which is common to plants. It has very active anti-oxidative properties which are helpful in preventing further memory loss. Flavonoid, on the other hand, is a secondary metabolite of plants which also has anti-oxidative properties, plus it contains the very active polyphenol strain called epigalochatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
EGCG is very important in preventing memory loss. It reduces the production of beta-amyloid that is responsible in forming proteins that may develop plaques in the brain nerves causing Alzheimer’s disease.
Green Tea and Cell Degeneration
Polyphenol in green tea brings many health benefits to the body because it actively get rid of free radicals and toxins which can easily damage the brain due to their high-metabolism rate.
Free radicals are molecules bearing unpaired electrons which often result from high usage of oxygen during metabolism. These molecules (with unpaired electrons) will bond with other molecules that will cause molecular breakup as it forces to find other electron to pair the previously unpaired one; this process will keep on repeating causing a chain reaction resulting to cell damage or degeneration.
The only antidote of the body to stop this molecular reaction is the antioxidants which can be found in green tea. And while there are vitamins that contain antioxidants, green tea contains EGCG that will actively and successfully stop neuronal cell degeneration in the brain.
You must have been wondering why memory loss is prevalent in elderly people it is because free radicals that are not pushed out of the body build up over time. The older a person becomes, the more free radicals are acquired by the body, and therefore further cell degeneration is caused.
In Asia, where green tea is a common drink, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are not so common; only a small population of people is suffering from them. Science has shown evidences that green tea is an effective supplement to prevent memory loss or diseases caused by free radicals and toxins in the body. But once again, the prevention of memory loss is just one of the many health benefits of green tea.