Tea and Alzheimer’s disease

Feb 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured, Health

Nora Berra et Roseline Bachelot en visite dans un h�´pital g�©riatrique
photo: Ministère Travail Solidarité Fonction Publique

A cup of tea not only boosts your mental alertness it also boosts your memory. In an article published in the BBC says that this may lead to the development of a new treatment for Alzheimer ’s disease. This is good news to all the tea drinkers out there and more so to the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their carers. Developing a medicinal tea as treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for which there is no cure found yet, sounds very interesting.

The above study says that both green and black tea work in two ways towards combating the disease. One way is by inhibiting the enzyme acetylcholinesterase which breaks down acetylcholine. (Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a reduced level of acetylcholine). The other way is that both teas are found to inhibit the activity of a second enzyme butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE), which has been discovered in protein deposits found in the brain of patients with Alzheimer’s.

Green tea works in another way, in the article it says that green tea obstructed the activity of beta-secretase, which plays a role in the production of protein deposits in the brain which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This action is mainly due to the antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which is present in high amounts in green tea. The research article in Webmed says that EGCG prevents the development of plaques in the brain. EGCG also has anti-cancer properties.

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2 Comments to “Tea and Alzheimer’s disease”

  1. wow! very good tea! thanks for the post!

  2. puwalani says:

    yes it is a drink to good health!…cheers

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