Consumption of green tea has been increasingly popular in the world, especially in Asia including China and Japan. Researchers have found green tea to contain healthy antioxidants. There are so many benefits of drinking green tea such as helping prevent cardiovascular diseases and now also may improve mechanisms in human brain.
A team of researchers in China led by Professor Yun Bai of the Department of Medical Genetics, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, found the organic chemical epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) helps to grow the production of neural cells in human brain. Several labs tests have proved with some encouraging results.
Researchers have long believed that drinking green tea is worthy for helping human brain to function on alert everyday. Aside of helping to maintain good memory, researchers believe the chemical properties of EGCG could affect the production of brain cells which benefiting spatial learning.
The latest study with a title “Green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) promotes neural progenitor cell proliferation and sonic hedgehog pathway activation during adult hippocampal neurogenesis” was published by Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (Volume 56, Issue 8, pages 1292–1303, August 2012).
(Image: Bigelow Green Tea)