Sunday, 2 October 2016

Do you drink green tea? Here is what it does.

OK! Guys, I came across this important article and I deemed it fit to share with you guys.
Well, if you want to know how it goes, you gonna have to read it to the end: 

The images that come to mind when thinking of green tea are likely associated with calmness, purity and relaxation.
 The ancient beverage has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a means to relieve people from various ailments, but more recently the tea -- and its extracts -- have caught the attention of scientists.
Teams across the world have been trialing green tea extracts and specific compounds within them for their potential to lower the risk of various conditions: cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and even Alzheimer's disease.
 Evidence for these benefits is limited, however, and often inconclusive, but recent studies have found that one particular compound inside green tea, known as EGCG, could improve the functioning of one particular part of the body: the brain. Green extracts have shown to improve performance in certain brain regions relating to memory. A recent study also found green tea could treat certain symptoms of Down Syndrome.

I know you must be curious about how possible that could be? Below are some of its benefits:

Boosting brain power

"Many people consume green tea extracts in some form, so we were interested in the effects [on the brain]," said Stefan Borgwadt, Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Basel.
According to CNN, In 2014 study, Borgwadt's team gave green tea extracts to 12 healthy volunteers and imaged their brains to see changes in connectivity inside certain brain regions. The volunteers were given beverages containing extracts equivalent to one or two cups of green tea. They consumed them nasally to ensure their tongues couldn't taste whether the drink contained the extracts.
After four weekly doses of the drink, the team saw increased connectivity in regions of the brain associated with working memory.
"Drinking green tea improved memory in healthy people," said Borgwadt who stresses the small scale of the study and the associated limitations of their findings, but the team saw promise in the results.
"As it is a more natural kind of medication, [people] are more likely to change it," he said. "It could be helpful for diseases."
Since this research, interest in the cognitive benefits of green tea has grown and focused on the potential to improve symptoms of certain neurological, or psychiatric, disorders.
"There can be plasticity changes in the brain," said Mara Dierssen, Group Leader of the Systems Biology Group at the CRG-Center for Genomic Regulation in Spain. These changes can be used to target diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease, but Dierssen has long been searching for ways to treat one particular condition -- Down syndrome.
"[People thank] there is no hope and that people with Down syndrome cannot be treated due to its complexity," said Dierssen.

Green tea's take on Down syndrome 

Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by people having an extra copy of chromosome 21 and is estimated to occur in 3000 to 5000 children born globally each year.
The presence of the extra chromosome means people with the condition have more genes being expressed in their cells -- and more proteins being produced -- resulting in a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. These include decreased muscle tone, a flat face, slanted eyes and a range of potential learning disabilities.
"A number of genes are overexpressed and there is no way of tackling this overdose of genes," said Dierssen. Her team set out to find out any genes that contribute more greatly to the disease itself and found one key player, called DYRK1A
"This gene causes a lot of the neurological and [physical] symptoms of Down Syndrome," she said.
By controlling the activity of this gene, and the proteins it expresses, the team could reduce some of the cognitive symptoms of the condition and the contender to have this control came in the form of the EGCG compound found commonly in green tea.


3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there.
This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials
In one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%.
Another study showed that fat oxidation was increased by 17%, indicating that green tea may selectively increase the burning of fat.
However, I’d like to point out that some studies on green tea don’t show any increase in metabolism, so the effects may depend on the individual.
Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy.
In two separate review studies, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11-12%, on average.

Most of you might start thinking of how sweet green tea must taste and for their minds they can't wait to have slim tea. Well, the fact really is that green tea doesn't taste as good as it sounds but its health benefit is sure worth the frownie taste.
However, I took time to write down some reasons  why you should gulp a cup of green tea regularly at least every morning.
  • If you're retarded or you know someone who's, you should take green tea or recommend. *tongue out*
  • If you weigh above 90kg(198lb), you should take green tea
  • If you use pit toilet, you should take green tea *winks* etc.
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Credit: CNN
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