Green tea extract increases the brain’s effective connectivity according to new research from the University of Basel.

I love a cup of green tea. I first started drinking it back in 2009 during a period when I stopped drinking coffee for around 6 weeks. I have to confess that I wasn’t too keen on the first cup, but the taste soon grew on me and green tea became a regular feature in my life.

Green tea has been hailed as a healthy hot drink for some time and now this new research has found it can be good for your mind with the scientists claiming green tea enhances several cognitive functions, in particular our working memory.

The new findings suggest that green tea could be used to treat dementia and other psychiatric disorders.

Volunteers were given a drink with green tea extract before being given working memory tasks to solve. Scientists then monitored brain activity through MRI scans and saw an increased connectivity between the parietal and the frontal cortex of the brain.

‘Green tea might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain’

Prof. Borgwardt said ‘Our findings suggest that green tea might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain’.

The results of the study were published in the journal Psychopharmacology.

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