Green Tea Compound May Stem Alzheimer’s Progress

Rats given EGCG, a green tea extract, that also exercised saw improvements in cognitive function and a decline in beta-amyloid.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s disease may affect as many as 5.5 million Americans. Scientists currently are seeking treatments and therapies found in common foods that will help stave off the disease or prevent it completely.

Now, University of Missouri researchers have determined that a compound found in green tea, and voluntary exercise, slows the progression of the disease in mice and may reverse its effects. Further study of the commonly found extract could lead to advancements in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

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