We all experience memory problems when we age. “Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Kevin Arnold said it very well, but memory loss is just part of aging. Do we have ways to prevent it or slow it down?
Fortunately, the answer is YES.
There are various ways to help our brain stay young and function well. Drinking green tea is one of them.
Recent research and studies that have been conducted in vitro and in mouse models showed that green tea helped prevent cognitive loss if the loss is caused by aging and aging-related dementia, which means the antioxidants in green tea have properties that can do us a great favor in preventing memory loss.
To understand this, we need to know how our memory works.
Our brain memory is like a complex storage place with "compartments," like short term and long term memories, to store information. The actual storage units are brain cells.
Once we reach our 20s, we begin to lose brain cells, a few at a time. Also, our body starts to produce less chemicals that our brain cells need to function properly. Not so good, right? The older we get, the more these brain cell changes affect our memory.
Its effect is obvious; we find our memory isn't as good as before, and we don't need to take a memory test to know that we have memory problems.
The memories that are affected most aren't the remote or short term ones, like childhood memories or what just happened, but the recent things, such as where you put your keys last night and the names of the couple you met yesterday.
Let's keep in mind that the age of our body doesn't necessarily mean the age of our years. Our body can be younger or older than we really are.
At age 40, we might have a body of 30 or 50. This will shed a light for our understanding of the signs of dementia, too.
There's something called free radicals that are generated when our body uses oxygen during the metabolic processes. Free radicals won't set us free, and they don't want to stay free either.
They are molecules that have unpaired electrons. The second a free radical is born, it tries to loose its freedom by bonding with other molecules, thus causing the bond in the second molecule to break in order to create an electron pair with it.
This is series of events that happen inside our body when we are busy with our life. It is a chain reaction that can eventually lead to cell damage, which in turn makes us a little bit older. Just a very tiny, tiny bit older.
A tiny bit plus a tiny bit, we're getting older and older, unnoticed, until one day when we look back, we aren't the person that we once were: young, energetic and with great memory.
Well, let's not go there; come back to the topic. What is that? Oh, anti aging green tea.
Though we are being "oxidized" and becoming old, we do have natural defenses against these freedom-hater free radicals. The antioxidants in our body can fight them for us.
No; actually, they are not fighting; they are peace lovers, giving peace offerings whenever they meet a free radical that is seeking a partner, donating an electron to it, meeting its need, and thus ending its freedom and the chain reaction. The result? Anti aging.
Isn't it great?
It's easy to understand, then, that the more peace-loving antioxidants we have inside of us to do the anti aging job, the less impact the free radicals have to our body.
And green tea offers a great deal of just that: antioxidants.
Normally, in our body, we have two of the most common forms of antioxidants, vitamins E and C, coming from food and drink we intake. And green tea has much more than the two types.
It has been proven to have many additional antioxidants that are good to our body by stopping cell degeneration.
The brain is the location where our memory is located. It's the part of our body that has the most active oxygen-consuming activities, meaning a great amount of free radicals are generated continuously.
We never actually stop consuming oxygen and using our brain. Part of our brain is always doing something. This busy nature of the brain makes it the organ with the highest metabolic rate.
One fact: a higher metabolic rate means a higher rate of pair-seeking free radicals. Our brain is particularly susceptible to free radical damages due to this very reason.
Now we probably understand better the reasons we have memory loss when we age. And when the loss arrives to a certain point, it can cause dementia symptoms, some of which are serious memory problems.
While there are memory techniques or memory strategies to use to cope with normal memory problems that come with aging, the green tea's anti-aging properties shine a bright ray on the ways to stop memory loss.
There are two main components in green tea called polyphenols and flavonoids that are proven to be able to improve memory. One of the green tea's polyphenols is called EGCG. It's very beneficial in stopping neuronal cell degeneration, preventing free radicals from causing damage in the brain.
Why not drink green tea then? If you've already experienced some memory problems, have some green tea as a pastime to help alleviate the symptoms. This is one of the memory improvement tips that many doctors give to their clients.
And why not do it earlier when you still have a good memory? Drink green tea to keep it and you may not experience what Branch Rickey has described: "First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly."
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