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Green tea may help to jog the memory

DRINKING cups of green tea regularly could improve your memory, research suggests.

Scientists believe the drink, which has been said to delay Alzheimer's disease and fight heart disease, increases the producion of brain cells involved in recollection and spatial learning.

Chinese researchers now think the key ingredient is EGCG, an anti-oxidant which protects against age-related degenerative illnesses by destroying harmful free radicals.







Maze

Researchers ran tests on two groups of mice, one which was administered the antioxidant and one which was not. The mice were trained to find a visible platform in a maze. Then they were trained for seven days to find a hidden platform. The mice with the antioxidant took less time to find the hidden platform.

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