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Green Tea–More Than Just A Drink?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Recent studies have found a link between EGCG, a compound found in green tea, and increased brain functionality in areas associated with working memory. Mara Dierssen, a Group Leader at the CRG-Center for Genomic Regulation in Spain, decided to look into this link to see if EGCG could reduce some of the cognitive symptoms of Down syndrome.  
Dierssen found that individuals in the study who were given EGCG exhibited higher results in visual memory, the ability to control responses, and the ability to plan or make calculations. Although it is too early to make concrete conclusions, these initial results have prompted plans for further studies.

What’s Next?

Additional research is being conducted to see if EGCG has any beneficial effects on treating diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. EGCG and its effects are an emerging area of study, so you can expect to hear more on this topic in the future.

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