This is a summary of an article reported on Japanese evening newspaper.
New studies show that components of green tea might prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to an article printed in the Mainichi Newspaper August 23, 2012. According to the progress observed in this study, components of green tea might help combat Alzheimer’s disease. The study also suggests that researchers might find other benefits from components of green tea for improving mental health and lessening the risk of dementia. Following is an outline of the original newspaper story.
Professor Toru Hasegawa, Professor Emeritus of Saga Women’s Junior College, has observed that the ratio of Alzheimer’s disease is smaller in green tea drinkers. Significantly, he also found that the concentration in their blood of homocysteic acid was lower. Homocysteine can behave as a kind of “evil amino acid” when it is changed to homocysteic acid by various stress factors. Recent findings suggest that individuals with elevated homocysteine levels are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Discharge of homocysteic acid from kidney becomes worse in person of advanced age and its concentration in blood increases.
Professor Hasegawa, therefore, tried adding green tea leaves to the meals for six patients of Alzheimer’s disease for one month. Afterward, he found that the concentration of homocysteic acid in their blood decreased, and their recognition function showed improvement. …
In 2011, a story broadcast on NHK TV noted that Kakegawa Fukamushi green tea could be one reason why people from Kakegawa live longer lives. These reports further confirm our belief that green tea is so good for our health.
Enjoy green tea and experience the health benefits—which these studies indicate may include longer life and better mental health.