(Green) tea leaves may reveal hope for dementia

New Swiss research suggests green tea leaves the brain better.

Perhaps we should just chug green tea constantly. Research has revealed another power of a cuppa the green stuff: enhanced cognitive function.

Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland report evidence that green tea extract boosts the brain’s cognitive functions, in particular, the working memory. The findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia. The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology and noted on sciencedaily.com.

Researchers gave healthy male subjects a soft drink containing several grams of green tea extract, then measured their brains with MRIs while they worked on memory tasks. The MRIs showed increased connectivity between different parts of the brain. “Subjects tested significantly better for working memory tasks after the admission of green tea extract,” according to a release from the university.

This is only the latest in a large body of research attesting to green tea’s health-boosting powers. Other studies suggest it can help us live longer, lose weight and fight diabetes. Surely, all this research is what spurred the creation of green tea Oreos, green tea Kit Kats and Green Tea Weetabix.

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