I have loved coffee since I was a little kid and my folks had their after dinner cuppa joe…which I made for them. Yes, it was instant. Yuk. But I would sneak some for me and I liked the taste…with cream and sugar of course.

Flash ahead to adulthood and learning the nuances of fine and deliciously brewed coffee. No sugar. A splash of cream….. All the wonderful places to go to have a cuppa joe in town or on vacation…mmmmmmmmmmm ….just down right satisfying.

WAIT..THIS IS ABOUT GREEN TEA!

Green tea

Green Tea is a delicious and beneficial drink

Over the years I have tried many flavors of Green Tea (as it is an acquired taste). Lemongrass, Ginger, Mint, and others. I found a Jasmine Green Tea that is wonderful. I buy organic Tea… no particular brand. I find that flavored teas are the ones that are easier to drink on a regular basis. I like it brewed or over ice…perfect on a cold night or a hot summer day.

Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, according to latest research by scientists at Newcastle University. 2011

Dr Ed Okello, of the Newcastle team wanted to know if the protective properties of green tea — which have previously been shown to be present in the undigested, freshly brewed form of the drink — were still active once the tea had been digested.

Dr Okello explained: “The digested chemicals protected the cells, preventing the toxins from destroying the cells. “We also saw them affecting the cancer cells, significantly slowing down their growth.

“Green tea has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and what we have here provides the scientific evidence why it may be effective against some of the key diseases we face today.”

Previous studies have shown that compounds known as polyphenols, present in black and green tea, possess neuroprotective properties, binding with the toxic compounds and protecting the brain cells.

When ingested, the polyphenols are broken down to produce a mix of compounds and it was these the Newcastle team tested in their latest research.

“It’s one of the reasons why we have to be so careful when we make claims about the health benefits of various foods and supplements,” explains Dr Okello.

“There are certain chemicals we know to be beneficial and we can identify foods which are rich in them but what happens during the digestion process is crucial to whether these foods are actually doing us any good.”

This is only one study…a recent one…but there are countless others touting Green Tea…..check em out!

Dr Okello adds: “There are obviously many factors which together have an influence on diseases such as cancer and dementia — a good diet, plenty of exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all important.”

Yes, I still drink coffee because I like it. 😉