Regular consumption of green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, scientists have found.
Researchers from Newcastle University discovered that chemicals created during the digestion of the beverage helped to ward off the degenerative brain conditions.
It was also found that these protective chemicals could help to protect the body against cancer.
Dr Ed Okello, who led the research, said: "Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and what we have here provides the scientific evidence why it may be effective against some of the key diseases we face today."
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal has reported that a study led by Ralph A. Nixon, professor at New York University's Langone Medical Center and the Nathan Kline Institute has found that Alzheimer's disease could be stopped before it starts by treating or reversing brain cell waste.
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