Green tea possesses a plethora of health benefits including a potential to fight cancer, lower your risk for heart disease, increase the metabolism, and decrease the possibility of developing diabetes or dementia. According to a new study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, green tea may also improve memory and spacial awareness.
The study consisted of scientist isolating and making a concentration of EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate), the main ingredient in green tea, and feeding it to one out of two groups of mice. One group of mice had imbibed ECGC and the other was simply a control group. The mice were trained for three consecutive days to find an unconcealed platform in their maze. Then, they trained for seven more days to find a hidden rostrum with in their complexes. The results of the test found that the mice that were given the ECGC discovered the hidden podium faster than the mice in the control group. Therefore, the scientific experiment showed that EGCG boosts memory and learning by helping rodents recognize the object and improve their spacial memory. According to Yun Bai, the scientist that lead the study, “We propose that EGCG can improve cognitive function by impacting the generation of neuron cells, a process known as neurogenesis. We focused our research on the hippocampus, the part of the brain which processes information from short-term to long-term memory.”