Tea compound erases dementia damage

Your brain is under assault. Right now, as you sit there reading this letter, it's under attack from every direction by the metals that can build up and form the nasty "brain plaques" that lead to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

But you can fight back.

There's a 100 percent natural shield you can deploy in your brain that can withstand those metal bullets and stop plaques from forming.

It's cheap... it's safe... it's widely available... and if you've been listening to me, it's already part of your daily routine.

It's epigallocatechin­3­gallate, aka EGCG, the powerful antioxidant found in every single pipin' hot cup of tea.

EGCG is one of the main reasons tea drinkers have a lower risk of dementia in the first place. And now, in a new study, researchers isolated that EGCG and set it loose against the metals that cause brain plaques to see what would happen.

And what happened caused their jaws to hit the floor, because EGCG fought off Alzheimer's in two distinct ways.

First, it practically disintegrated the plaques that form from high levels of metals (specifically copper, iron, and zinc).

And second, it stopped new plaques from forming.

The researchers say they're going to try to tweak the EGCG to make it work better.

If they do, I'll be the first to let you know.

Usually, however, this means simply altering the substance in some way so that it can be patented as a synthetic and sold as a drug -- and usually (but not always), that just makes it more expensive and less effective. (I'll have more on that little trick on Friday.)

So for now, stick to the EGCG you already know and love. The new study used an extract form, which you'll find in any natural foods store or vitamin shop, but you can also get it from plain old tea.

Almost all true teas -- green, white, black, oolong, etc. -- have at least some level of EGCG. But for the absolute highest levels, go for green or white.