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Latest Good News for Your Brain Is 5,000 Years Old!

Latest Good News for Your Brain Is 5,000 Years Old!

Almost 5,000 years ago, a wise Chinese emperor – Shen Nong – is said to have changed the world of medicine forever.

According to legend, Shen Nong was a student of medicine and agriculture, and introduced many new ideas to his kingdom. One of them was boiling water before drinking it. Considering all the bacteria and parasites water can carry, this probably saved many thousands of lives.

But that wasn’t what he’s best remembered for.

The story goes that he was boiling his drinking water one day, when the wind blew a few loose leaves from a tree into the pot. Shen Nong liked the aroma and tasted the water. He liked it and also notice he felt instantly refreshed.

Shen Nong had discovered Camellia sinensis. And ever since, it’s had a place as a Chinese herbal remedy.

It probably also has a place in your kitchen. Because this ancient plant is tea. And a breakthrough study from the University of Leeds says it may be one of two that could help you stay mentally sharp.

One of the biggest threats to your mental clarity is a kind of protein. These amyloid proteins (APs) form “sticky” clumps in your brain.

These clumps attach themselves to prions – proteins on the surface of your nerve cells. Once the AP clumps get hold of a nerve cell, they don’t let go. The nerve cells they attack can’t function normally, and eventually die.

What the Leeds team discovered was that two common substances have an unusual effect on APs.

When the scientists exposed APs to these substances, the shape of their surface changed. In fact, it changed so much, they weren’t able to latch on to nerve cells any more.

The two substances were EGCG – a powerful antioxidant found in green tea – and resveratrol – the natural “anti-aging” chemical found in red wine.

In their test tube studies, the scientists discovered that both EGCG and resveratrol changed APs – so much so that they didn’t affect either animal or human brain cells. The APs simply couldn’t grab on to the nerve cells, as they would normally do.

This research is just a first step. They’ll still have to run trials with animals – and eventually with humans. But if the trials are successful, it could mean we’ll have a proven, effective tool to fight mental decline.

Of course, I don’t recommend you run out and start guzzling wine by the bottle. The alcohol itself can do an awful lot of damage to your brain.

There’s no harm in drinking more green tea, though – as long as you drink the naturally decaffeinated variety. It’s delicious, absolutely safe, and may contribute to your health in many ways.

If you’d rather not drink a lot of tea, don’t worry. Both EGCG and resveratrol are available as nutritional supplements.

Yours in continued good health,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

Source: Rushworth, J.V., et al, “Prion protein-mediated toxicity of amyloid-β oligomers requires lipid rafts and the transmembrane LRP,” Jrnl of Bio Chem. Feb 5, 2013; doi: 10.1074/jbc.M112.400358.


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