Researchers are constantly seeking to develop drug treatments for issues such as Alzheimer's disease. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as finding any solution to this issue would be welcome. But you and I both know that the pharmaceutical companies are trying to find something they can make massive profits off of — and that they likely won't care much about the side effects that accompany those profits.
Fortunately, researchers are conducting more and more research about Alzheimer's disease. And scientists are gaining a better understanding of the pathways and problems that lead to the disease. That opens the door for research into natural solutions. One key finding related to Alzheimer's has been that the loss of cholinergic neurons is a major contributor. As the neurons degenerate, dementia sets in. Researchers have been focusing on deficiencies in the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. They're hoping that they can find a drug that will block acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), which break down acetylcholine. If you protect acetylcholine, you protect the neurons.
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However, according to research published in the journal CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets, they don't need to develop a drug for this. That is, unless, of course, they're just looking for a way to make money (which they are). That's because there's something perfectly natural that does the same thing: the polyphenols found in green tea. Researchers found that these polyphenols actually bind with AChE and BChE, preventing them from breaking down acetylcholine. This in turn enhances cholinergic neurotransmission and supports cognitive function.
So if you're concerned about your cognitive function, you don't need to wait and save up your money while pharmaceutical companies try to develop a drug. Just drink green tea! The polyphenols are great for your overall health, not just your cognitive function. That's a side effect we can get excited about!
If you don't like the taste of green tea, you can take Green Tea Extract instead. It's a concentrated extract that can help keep your cognitive function intact.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2016 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print].