If you were to drink just one beverage all your life, what would it be?
I’m not especially fond of its taste, but I am starting to think we’d be better off in choosing green tea. In addition to the various health benefits of green tea I’ve written many times here at Eating Fabulous, a new study indicates that it also helps prevent the cognitive deficits that occur with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Because of their difficulties in breathing, people with OSA experience intermittent hypoxia (inadequate oxygen) and are reported to have higher oxidative stress and exhibit architectural changes in the areas of their brain tissues involved in learning and memory. Green tea polyphenols’ anti-oxidant properties protect the brain from such damages.
If you’d like to read the manuscript detailing this study, it has been published in the second issue for May of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.