For many people, taking time out to relax with a hot cup of tea is a regular part of their daily lives. Science suggests that now there's even more reason to enjoy that green tea. And if you weren't a green tea drinker before, this may give you something to think about. Recent scientific studies have uncovered a plethora of health benefits green tea can provide, both physical and mental.
Did you know that green tea can help preserve your eyesight? Green tea contains catechins, chemicals that have beneficial restorative and antioxidant properties, that promote good vision and overall eye health. A 2010 study conducted by the The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Eye Hospital found that these catechins actually pass from the stomach and are stored in the eye itself. These helpful antioxidants can help protect your eyes against glaucoma and other common eye diseases, helping you keep your vision healthy and intact.
Osteoporosis is a major health concern for seniors, affecting more than 5 million Americans over 50, according to the CDC. Fortunately, research has suggested that green tea may be linked to reduced incidences of bone density loss in post-menopausal women. In a recent study in Hong Kong, researchers exposed groups of bone-forming cells, called osteoblats, to components found in green tea. This resulted in a key bone-growth inducing enzyme seeing a 79 percent increase in activity. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health reported a similar relationship between green tea consumption and increased bone density, specifically in the lower lumbar region.
Not only does green tea help make your body stronger, new research suggests it can also help strengthen your brain. A research team from University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland conducted a study on the effects of green tea on cognitive function, giving subjects a drink containing green tea extract and then mapping their brains via MRI while they used their brains in a series of memory-related tasks. Researchers found that not only did performance improve, but the subjects' brains actually physically grew to form new connections to help enhance performance.
Science has shown that green tea can help enhance memory, and there may even be a possibility that it could help restore it as well. The improved brain activity spurred on by green tea is now being explored to see if it can be used to treat symptoms of dementia and other cognitive degeneration. While no concrete results have been produced indicating this may be true, researchers are nevertheless hopeful that green tea may help play a part in treating cognitive conditions.
Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it warmer weather and longer days. With this season, people of all ages - ranging from youngsters to individuals in a senior living community - may be in the mood to embrace the new season by switching up their daily routines. While wintertime tends to make people crave hearty food and extra sleep, the spring does just the opposite, prompting them to head outside and enjoy lighter dishes. One item that has reappeared in the produce section of the grocery store is zucchini, which could serve as a fresh addition to any diet. Individuals may want to make the most of this seasonal vegetable and reap all of its health benefits by whipping up a loaf of zucchini bread.
For many, Easter can be one of the happiest days of the year. Situated among the newly arrived warm spring weather, it is a holiday often associated with family and togetherness, and a great time to enjoy the season with friends and family old and new. Regardless of your background, there are a variety of ways you can ring in the new season and join in celebration of this jovial day.
Arguably the most challenging aspect of Alzheimer's disease care is that there is no definitive test to diagnose the condition. Health care professionals can rely on memory tests, genetic predisposition and other indicators to speculate the disease's presence, but until a patient dies there is no way to know for sure. That may soon change, as researchers from Germany's Saarland University believe they are closing in on a potential blood test.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among older men. According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men will be diagnosed with the illness in his lifetime, and around 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to occur in 2013 alone. The disease mostly affects seniors - around two-thirds of those who receive a diagnosis are 65 and older. That's why it's important for senior men living in retirement communities to keep their eye on studies that relate to the illness, such as the latest research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.