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Research with green tea and Alzheimer's continues to show that the antioxidant properties in green tea (Camellia Sinensis) may in fact have the ability to decrease production of beta-amyloid, which is the protein which forms plaques in those affected by the disease.What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's is a terrible disease to watch a loved one deal with and there are over 13 million cases throughout the world currently. The disease causes the brains nerve cells to cease to function, most likely due to a plaque which builds up between their delicate connections, making it difficult for them to communicate or transfer needed substance for their survival.
Combine this with the fact that there are millions more of us who contain the very same genetic pathway which may one day lead to the disease itself, and this type of research becomes rather significant. The non-medical public used to say that Alzheimer's sometimes skips a generation, which gave some people a false sense of security. In truth, they have no real grasp of the disease, other than it does tend to fall under a heredity passed down disease at least 10 to 20 percent of the time. It can happen to anyone at any time regardless of race, gender, or health level.
Current Treatments for the Disease
There is no real reliable way to diagnose this disease in an individual who may be years away from exhibiting symptoms. While they are currently making headway on new drugs which are currently doing wonders for current sufferers, many people with a background to the disease would prefer to be a little more proactive than just hoping for an eventual cure.
Prevention of Alzheimer's may be only a Cup of Tea Away
While there is no guarantees, the most recent research suggests that the antioxidant properties in green tea may give some folks a fighting chance at staving off Alzheimer's. Studies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles suggests that the tea has the effect of reducing plaque in the brain of genetically engineered mice by up to 90 percent, which is truly amazing. This research is currently being taken to human subjects with hopes that the tea will have the same effect on them.
Green tea is a rather inexpensive herb which can be purchased and easily digested daily in the form of various drinks or foods. It has also been shown that green tea may help fight against certain forms of cancer and sun damage from UV rays. The amount of green tea recommended for maximum benefit is generally thought to be four to five cups, however some researchers recommend as much as 10, or as little as two.
How is Green Tea considered Green?
There has been growing evidence that many of the prescription drugs people ingest and expel in the form of waste fluids, as well as the pills themselves which end up in waste water, are entering our natural waterways in the form of toxins. Currently, most sewage treatment plants around the world are not equipped to detect or remove such drugs. This puts the possibility of using homeopathic therapies as preventative measures, rather than waiting for the disease to take hold thereby bringing the necessity to use prescription drugs, as one of our best environmental health options to date.
Not Much Harm in this Preventative Measure
While green tea may in fact be given too much credit as a cure-all for such conditions as obesity, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis, the truth of the matter is there is some conclusive evidence suggesting that it may indeed have some very helpful prospects to the future. As long as you are not allergic, pregnant, or sensitive to caffeine, and if you have any family history of Alzheimer's, it might not be such a bad idea to put yourself on a moderate diet of green tea... at least until the studies have dealt their final conclusions!