Green Tea Improves Memory, Research Says

A new study shows that a chemical found in green tea helps memory and spatial learning
Staff Writer

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Thank goodness for the health wonders of green tea: now, researchers believe that green tea can boost memory and spatial learning. 

New research published in Molecular Nutrition and Food took a look at a common chemical found in green tea, EGCG (or epigallocatechin-3 gallate). The researchers believed that EGCG, a chemical known for its antioxidant properties, might help neural cells in the brain as well. After giving EGCG to one group of mice, they then tested the group plus the control group of mice (who weren't given the chemical) in a maze to find a hidden platform. They then found that the mice given ECGC were able to find the hidden platform more quickly than those in the control group. 

It's big news for lovers of green tea, as the drink is already known for its cardiovascular benefits. Now, the researchers think it might be good in preventing age-related degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's and dementia. 

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