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Green Tea Benefits to Cognition

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Monday April 21 2014

My grandparents have always been avid green tea drinkers, and I guess it's just a big part of my ancestry!  I've always loved a great cup of steaming hot green tea and it's a great way to end a busy day.  Below is an article that further supports the great cognitive benefits of green tea that I'm happy to share with you!

The researchers from Switzerland discovered that drinking a green tea extract enhanced the subjects' memory performance.  The discovered this by getting their participants to perform a working memory task while they were undergoing an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), and comparing the results of those who consumed a drink that contained 27.5 g of green tea extract to those who consumed a drink that did not contain green tea.

On the fMRI, they noticed that there was an increased connection between the parietal and frontal cortex of the brain in participants who had consumed a drink with the green tea, in comparison to those who consumed a drink without the green tea.

This is very exciting news when it comes to research for cognitive impairment such as dementia.  With our aging population, this is an area that researchers need to focus more on!  So in the meantime, steep yourself a cup of green tea and enjoy it on one of these unseasonally cool spring evenings in Toronto, and here's hoping for some warmer weather soon!

You can find the original article HERE.

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