Drinking green tea and red wine constantly are touted as being beneficial to your health. There’s no shortage of reasons to drink them — particularly green tea, as it doesn’t have the alcoholic factor and can be drank throughout the day regardless of whether you’re at work, driving or out and about. And now, it seems that yet another item can be added to the list of why you should have a cup each day: Alzheimers prevention.
A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has shown that an antioxidant could help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. EGCG, found in red wine and green tea, managed to stop amyloid-beta proteins from attaching and killing brain cells in the experiment. Amyloid-beta proteins are known to play a role in Alzheimer’s, theoretically because they form “clumps” which then attach to and kill brain cells. According to the study, in a lab setting, EGCG was able to change the shape of these clumps and prevent them from attaching in the first place.
Considering the number of people with Alzheimer’s Disease could triple by 2050 and is a huge cause of death among Americans, this is an excellent breakthrough in research. “It will place a huge burden on society, disabling more people who develop the disease, challenging their caregivers and straining medical and social safety nets,” said researcher Jennifer Weuve, an assistant professor of medicine at Rush Institute for Healthy Aging. Unfortunately, scientists have not yet tested EGCG’s effectiveness on human beings, so there’s no word on whether or not it could work for us.
Nevertheless, this is a big step. Any step towards curing or preventing Alzheimer’s is a big step. And any extra excuse to drink green tea and red wine is a big high five from science.