A new study published online in the FASEB journal has revealed that regular drinking of green tea could improve memory, learning as well as thinking abilities.
The study claims that the ingredient present in green tea which is responsible for the wonders is 'epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)', a biologically active component in green tea.
The chemical is filled with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and heart protection properties that also protects against diabetes and obesity.
Researchers at the Northwest A&F University, China, divided 3-month-old male mice into three groups based on diet.
The first set, control group was fed with a standard diet while another group was fed with an HFFD diet and the third group was fed with an HFFD diet and 2 grams of EGCG per liter of drinking water.
They monitored the mice for 16 weeks and found out that those fed with HFFD had a higher final body weight than the control mice and a significantly higher final body weight than the HFFD+EGCG mice.
It was also discovered that after the experiment, EGCG could improve HFFD-induced memory impairment.
“Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and is grown in at least 30 countries. The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combating obesity, insulin resistance, and memory impairment." said Xuebo Liu, a researcher at the college of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China.