Natural Health News -. Add another benefit to the growing list associated with green tea
In the past, the main ingredients of green tea have been studied thoroughly in cancer research. Now scientists are beginning to see the positive impact on the functioning of the human brain also.
Swiss researchers from the University of Basel are reporting the first evidence that green tea extract improves cognitive functions, especially memory work.
For the study, healthy male volunteers received a drink without alcohol containing several grams of green tea extract before the memory tasks are solved work.
The scientists then analyzed how this affected brain activity using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The MRI showed increased connectivity between the parietal and frontal cortex of the brain. These neural findings correlated positively with improvement in the performance of tasks of the participants.
The magazine Psychopharmacology researchers say their results show that green tea extract increases effective connectivity of the brain -. Which means that the direct influence that an area of the brain exerts on another
This effect on connectivity also led to an improvement in the real cognitive performance: The test subjects significantly better at memory tasks after work admission of green tea extract
So far the neural mechanisms of the effects of green tea on the brain have been something. But, scientists say, Swiss green tea extract may have promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia beyond a general improvement in memory the findings suggest.