Previous research has shown that antioxidants in both green and oolong tea possess neuroprotective properties and are able to connect to beta-amyloid proteins. Using a high tech system that imitates the human digestive system, the research team, led by Dr. Ed Okello, expanded on this research, subjecting different concentrations of these toxic compounds to digested green tea molecules.
Scientists found that the antioxidants in green & oolong tea bind to toxins like magnets, rendering these dementia-promoting free radicals harmless.
Scientists discovered that the compounds in green tea and oolong tea also help slow the growth of cancer cells.
"What was really exciting about this study was that we found when green/oolong tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer's development than the undigested form of the tea," Dr Okello explained. "In addition to this, we also found the digested compounds had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumor cellswhich we were using in our experiments."
Doctors recommend drinking 2 to 4 cups of green/oolong tea a day to get the full benefit of this therapeutic beverage.