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Memory Improvement News – Green Tea, Cocoa and Doubts About Ginkgo

Here are two recent items of news on the “memory improvement” front. Chinese and Italian researchers have been studying the effects of two very different drinks on people’s memories – green tea and cocoa.

For a long time there have been claims that green tea was good for the brain, and now a research team led by Yun Bai, professor from the Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China, has come up with an explanation.

Want to improve your memory? Drink green tea. New Delhi Sept 6
Scientists now have an explanation for why green tea is good for the brain it lies in the chemical properties that affect the production of brain cells improving memory and spatial learning. … There has been plenty of scientific attention on its use in helping prevent cardiovascular diseases, but now there is emerging evidence that its chemical properties may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain. … Yun’s team focused on the organic chemical EGCG, (epigallocatechin-3 gallate) a key property of green tea. While EGCG is a known antioxidant, the team believed it can also have a beneficial effect against age-related degenerative diseases, the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports. “We proposed that EGCG can improve cognitive function by impacting the generation of neuron cells, a process known as neurogenesis,” said Yun. “We focused our research on the hippocampus, the part of the brain which processes information from short-term to long-term memory …”
Read more: Want to improve your memory Drink green tea –

Staying with the subject of food and drink improving memory there’s another recent report, this time from the Geriatric Division, at the University of L’Aquila in Italy:

Daily Intake of Cocoa Can Improve Memory in Elderly.
A new study claims that cocoa can improve working memories in elderly people. Apparently, the study has found that people who were given cocoa drinks scored high in reasoning tests and also improved blood sugar control compared to others who did were not given the drink.
It’s the flavonol content in Cocoa, which protects the brain cells from damaging. Flavonol is also found in tea, grapes, red wine and apples, …
Read more at: Daily Intake of Cocoa Can Improve Memory in Elderly – Counsel & Heal

While no-one is claiming that choice of drink is the ultimate answer to all memory problems, or that it can replace memory training it certainly is worth bearing in mind these research results – and no doubt the work is continuing to learn more about both the mechanisms and how best to translate the findings into practical advice.

In closing, it is also interesting to note the results of a French study into the benefits of ginkgo biloba in preventing Alzheimer’s disease have turned out clearly negative:

Proof that ginkgo doesn’t prevent Alzheimer’s. Taking the popular dietary supplement ginkgo biloba didn’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease in older adults according to the biggest prevention study in Europe. “Why continue taking it?” Schneider said. “People would be better off focusing on healthy habits that seem to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s like improving their diet, getting regular exercise and controlling any cardiovascular risk factors. …”
Read more at: proof that ginkgo doesn’t prevent Alzheimer’s The Seattle Times

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