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Green Tea Boosts Your Brain

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Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2014 12:57 AM by AlexMuller

Green tea is said to have many putative positive effects on health. Now, researchers at the University of Basel are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. The Swiss findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in disorders such as dementia.

 

In the past the main ingredients of green tea have been thoroughly studied in cancer research. Recently, scientists have also been inquiring into the beverage’s positive impact on the human brain. Different studies were able to link green tea to beneficial effects on the cognitive performance. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this cognitive enhancing effect of green tea remained unknown.
 
In a new study, the researcher teams of Prof. Christoph Beglinger from the University Hospital of Basel and Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics found that green tea extract increases the brain’s effective connectivity, meaning the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another.
 
This effect on connectivity also led to improvement in actual cognitive performance: Subjects tested significantly better for working memory tasks after the admission of green tea extract. 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-08
+2
Green tea benefits should be used- we know it can help with some diseases and now it seems can help brain function. I just hope that this hope is not reversed by some new evidence of some very bad effect that we are not aware yet Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-08
+3
It is very interesting that researchers observed increased connectivity in the brain. The MRI showed increased connectivity between the parietal and the frontal cortex of the brain. These neuronal findings correlated positively with improvement in task performance of the participants. Promising!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-08
+1
This can have significant clinical implications and assess potential of green tea for the treatment of cognitive impairments in neuropsychiatric disorders such as dementia. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-08
+3
I think these researcher need to identify which chemical component of the grean tea extract they used is responsible. Recently, there was a report that caffeine pill 'could boost memory' Reply


 

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