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The Healing Powers of Green Tea

The Healing Powers Of Green Tea 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.

Eye health
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.

Bone health
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.

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