German chamomile, rosehip and mint tea may reduce risk of Alzheimer’s
There is no doubt that the British love a good cup of tea. While black tea is the most popular choice that outperforms any other drink, the other three teas have more to offer than a pleasant drink. These hot drinks, which have “anti-inflammatory” and “antioxidant” properties, may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a therapist says.
From filling the kettle with the perfect amount of water to adding that last splash of milk to your drink, making tea probably feels like second nature to you.
However, doctor Gill Jenkins of the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) suggests that it might be time to switch your usual choices to German chamomile, rosehip and mint.
A recent TAP review found that these three herbal drinks improve memory.
Jenkins said: “Through this ability, the researchers assessed the potential benefit of these three herbal teas in reducing [the risk of] Alzheimer’s disease.
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“Alzheimer’s is partly an inflammatory disease.
“These three teas contain anti-inflammatory compounds that have helped generate interest in these teas for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Jenkins said: “A laboratory study has shown that the memory-enhancing function of German chamomile, due to its antioxidant content and therefore its ability to scavenge free radicals, may be beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Rich in “anti-inflammatory” compounds such as apigenin and luteolin, chamomile may also promote brain cell development and strengthen the connections between them.
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Rosehip, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, may help protect brain cells from inflammation.
Jenkins said: “In particular, [it] It has been shown to reduce the formation of so-called “dark neurons” (nerve cells) that are associated with memory impairment.
“A lab study has shown that rosehip reduces memory deficits caused by cognitive impairment in dementia, with evidence of reduced oxidative stress in the part of the brain that controls learning and memory.”
Last but not least, the power of mint is hidden in one of its main ingredients, rosmarinic acid.
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Jenkins said: “With regard to spearmint, research has looked into its effect on the formation and deposition of certain proteins, such as amyloid fibrils, in the brain associated with certain types of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Spearmint and one of its main constituents, rosmarinic acid, have been shown to inhibit the formation of amyloid fibrils and ‘dissolve’ them when they are already present in the brain.”
Don’t take the expert’s word for it, research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also backs this herbal tea when it comes to memory.
After studying 90 older participants with age-related memory impairment, the team found that taking mint helped improve working memory.
Jenkins added: “While more clinical research is needed on the effects of these three herbal teas on brain health and Alzheimer’s disease in particular, evidence is emerging that they improve memory, with mechanical explanations for why their anti-inflammatory components may improve cognitive health. and hence the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”
If you like swapping regular tea for herbal tea, the expert shared how much you need to drink to reap the benefits.
The doctor added: “These three herbal teas have the potential to have a positive effect on brain health and can be consumed in amounts of two to four cups per day, such as one to two cups of each of the three types or two to four cups of one tea each. desire.
“Teas of all types are beneficial for social interaction, which in itself is a positive trait for reducing the risk of poor cognitive function.”
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