Green tea benefits are what have kept us intrigued with the popular antioxidant for years.
Not only does it have internal health benefits, but external ones as well! From helping prevent cancer to clearing up acne. So if you’re not a regular green tea drinker, you should be. Below are 3 reasons green tea benefits the brain.
1. “Green tea extract increases the brain's effective connectivity, meaning the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another,” explained Prof. Christoph Beglinger from the University Hospital of Basel and Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics.
Why is that important? It matters because researchers believe it may help treat cognitive impairments such as dementia.
2. Another green tea benefit is that it helps increase dopamine, the chemical in the brain which makes us feel happy.
“A study from the University of San Francisco found that the polyphenols in green tea can boost availability of the important brain substance dopamine in the areas where it's needed,” according to Psychology Today.
3. As if there were not already enough reasons to love it, a recent study found yet another green tea benefit. They discovered that green tea enhances cognitive functions and especially the working memory.
Participants in the study, performed by Beglinger and Borgwardt’s research teams, were given a soft drink with green tea extract in it. After performing some memory tasks it was discovered that the group which drank the soft drink with the green tea extract had “increased connectivity between the right superior parietal lobule and the frontal cortex of the brain. This activity correlated with improved performance on the working memory tasks.”
So what are you waiting for? Drink up!