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February 15, 2011

Study: Green tea protects against Alzheimer's disease, dementia and cancer

Topics: Health Issues

green-tea-diet.jpgAccording to a new study, green tea could protect against Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, and may also play a big role in shielding you from cancer. And green tea's effect may actually be stronger than initially thought.

The study, published in "Phytomedicine," aimed to see if the protective properties of green tea were still there once the tea was digested. Previously, researchers knew that the freshly brewed form of green tea had health-promoting qualities. But could digested green tea still keep working?

Digestion is obviously a vital process that extracts and distributes nutrients we need to survive. But even though a food contains health-boosting compounds, we don't know for sure if they will be absorbed and used properly.

To that end, the study found that, when green tea is digested by enzymes in the stomach, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective at protecting against Alzheimer's disease than the green tea before it is brewed. Digested green tea also was found to have anti-cancer properties, slowing the growth of tumor cells.

More on the study here ...

Much more on green tea's health benefits here ...

Posted by Richard at February 15, 2011 6:00 PM



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