Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day THU 24 JUL 14
Calm your nerves by eating serotonin-rich foods like whole wheat and oats.
  • Good House Keeping
    The July issue is our Makeover Special! Be inspired by the weight-loss successes of The Biggest Loser’s Kayen Lazaro and Osie Nebreja, who entered the reality TV show simply wanting to lose weight but ended up gaining whole new (healthier!) lives.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Jumpstart your best body today with this month’s best foods special. Women’s Health shares over 100 of the best packaged foods for women, sourced from leading supermarkets, specialty stores, and delivery services.
    Women's Health
Charlene J. Owen, Contributor
 
September 16, 2012

Drink Green Tea to Boost Your Memory

Research suggests that this age-old beverage can actually do more than just settle your stomach, thanks to one of the antioxidants it contains. By Charlene J. Owen

Green tea has become a popular beverage, whether it’s served on its own or with milk, hot or iced. But this traditional refreshment gives more than just a calming and refreshing effect--it can actually improve your memory.

ScienceDaily.com reports that aside from aiding cardiovascular mechanisms, green tea also boosts neural processes. Researchers from the Third Military Medical University in China say that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate), an antioxidant found in green tea, can help improve long- and short-term memory and even fight against degenerative diseases.

EGCG encourages the production of neural progenitor cells, which are similar to stem cells in their capability to adapt to other kinds of cells. This special flexibility can help “heal” or “connect” neuron cells, which in turn aid in improving a person's cognitive function.

"We proposed that EGCG can improve cognitive function by impacting the generation of neuron cells, a process known as neurogenesis," says Prof. Yun Bai from the Third Military Medical University. "We focused our research on the hippocampus, the part of the brain which processes information from short-term to long-term memory."

So feel free to drink lots of green tea--though of course, take it easy on the sugar, if you prefer to enjoy it in one of the many milk tea spots around. You can also try taking Vitamin B12 and Folic acid to help  sharpen your memory or even talking to yourself to recall exactly where you’ve put those car keys. Caring for your mental health while you’re young will not only keep you quick-witted, but also lessen your chances of developing age-related degenerative conditions.

(Photo by Aradia Di via sxc.hu)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
Here's Why a Little Bedtime Snack Is Good for You
Contrary to popular belief, it won't necessarily make you fat.  Jul 24, 2014 
This Is Why Alcohol and Energy Drinks Do Not Mix
Let's just say this is not the time to be adventurous.   Jul 22, 2014 
Don't Call Exercise
A new study shows that changing the way you think may help you lose weight.  Jul 18, 2014 
10 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Look fresh-faced and stress-free when you wake up in the morning!  Jul 15, 2014 
Is Juicing Really Worth It?
We discuss the real benefits you get from juicing.  Jul 14, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT