By Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette
For many years, scientist and tea enthusiast alike have raved about the health benefits of drinking green tea. If you were never a fan of this ancient tradition, a new study may give you just the push you need to take that first sip. Researchers from Northwest A&F University in China have concluded EGCG, a compound found in green tea, is beneficial in protecting against memory loss and combatting the harmful effects of insulin resistance.
This research is promising in the sense that it could offer an alternative to those who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which is caused by several factors—one of them being insulin resistance. The study, published in the FASEB Journal, was conducted on three groups of mice. The first group was a control group consuming a standard diet. The second group consumed a diet that was high in fats and sugars while the third group consumed the high fat/high sugar diet along with some EGCG added to their water. The mice in the second group ended up having a higher body weight than those in the control and EGCG groups. In addition, researchers found the mice in the EGCG group performed better in tests of memory than the mice in the other two groups.
The fact that the high sugar/high fat diet is similar to the Western diet led these scientists to conclude EGCG could be an option in combating memory impairment caused by such diets. It is important to note that the study does not give the green light for consumption of unhealthy foods by counteracting their negative effects just by drinking green tea; it actually highlights the importance of nutrition and lifestyle as they affect the outcomes that are taking place in your body. Furthermore, the findings highlight the importance of proper and effective supplementation when nutrition alone is not enough.
As a functional medicine doctor, my approach focuses on preventing disease through the optimization of healthy living, which of course would not be possible without adequate nutrition.
Know that even if you eat healthy, your body may not be absorbing all the nutrients it needs due to a wide range of factors, including barriers in the gastrointestinal tract that prevent adequate absorption. In today’s hectic world, nutritional deficiencies are not uncommon. At Bellissimo Medical, we can conduct specialized testing to know exactly what deficiencies a patient may have (including those that may affect weight and memory) and we can address these and guide our patients on the type and dosing of medical-grade herbal supplementation that may be needed.
In addition, when addressing the bodies vitamins and mineral deficiencies we can maximize your body’s healing potential to help you recover from daily stressors, repair damage and prevent aging. Increased energy, a feeling of overall well-being and increased sports performance are just a few of the many health benefits.
Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954-384-8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. For information, visit www.BellissimoMedical.com.