When it comes to memory loss, if you’re like most folks, you’re caught somewhere in the middle.
You know your memory might not always be quite as rock-solid as it once was. Perhaps those annoying “brain burps” when you draw a blank occur a bit more often these days.
But at the same time, you don’t have any major memory slippage. And you’re certainly not battling severe cognitive decline.
You could just use a minor recharge to get those mental gears turning a bit faster again. And lucky for you, that’s exactly what some new memory research promises.
The study reveals a simple way for us to get a little boost in brainpower.
And it gets better. This solution is also inexpensive and practically effortless. Plus, it tastes great, too.
Best of all, besides supporting your memory, it can bring a bunch of other powerful benefits to the table as well. That includes providing some extra protection against many of the conditions that seniors fear most.
Green tea can boost brain power
The new research zeroes in on a unique form of memory-boosting green tea.
It’s not what you’ll get from a regular old teabag. In fact, if you drink green tea made from a teabag, you may be throwing some of the most important compounds right into the trash when you toss the bag.
Instead, the new study focused on matcha. It’s a powdered form of green tea that’s used in traditional tea ceremonies. It’s growing in popularity here in America as a healthy drink.
Matcha is made from the entire leaf. The youngest, freshest tea leaves are ground into a powder, so none of it gets tossed in the trash.
That means you end up with the highest levels of the healthiest compounds, including:
And in the new study, this form of green tea delivered a modest but helpful uptick in memory that improved cognition in multiple ways.
But here’s the thing…
This study mainly involved young people in their mid-30s and younger. You know, the kinds of folks who tend to already be at their peak mental function… or close to it.
Make it matcha for a better memory
Think back to when you were in your 20s and even your 30s. I’m willing to bet memory loss wasn’t even on your radar back then. And, in fact, it IS very unusual to have any relevant cognitive slippage at that age.
In other words, it would make sense that the impact of green tea on their memory would be modest. It likely didn’t have much room for improvement. But the potential for someone with a bit more memory loss to have greater gains still remains.
This is why it shouldn’t be all that surprising to find other matcha and memory studies that have been even more encouraging. For example, research on senior women published last year found a significant jump in key cognitive scores with the tea.
In fact, the ladies who drank the matcha tea had a mind-blowing 12 TIMES the memory improvements on average as the women given a placebo drink.
Incredibly, in some cases, the changes were significant enough to move a few women from the “mild cognitive impairment” category back into the “normal” memory zone.
Feel free to test matcha out on your own. There’s no downside since green tea is always a healthy beverage option. (Click here to find out how matcha could help drive down your anxiety levels too.)
You can make your drink the “normal” way using a teabag, but the memory benefits might not be as pronounced. Or you can try the matcha variety used in the new study.
Matcha is increasingly turning up in the “ethnic,” “international,” or “Asian” aisle in supermarkets (different chains use different names). It’s also easy to find online.
Amazon, for example, has one pack that has enough matcha to brew up to 100 mugs for about $20, or just 20 cents a cup.
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