Could this "tea trick" save your precious memories?
It can be tough to watch as the disease progresses in a loved one or family member with Alzheimer's.
Eventually, holding a conversation... and responding to the world around them... become impossible.
To make matters worse, there's no cure to date. In fact, Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
But a recent study shows that the root of a plant the Chinese have known about for ages can actually REVERSE cognitive impairment.
And what's more, you can get it by drinking a delicious Chinese tea!
The benefits of ginseng were first documented during the Liang Dynasty in China, a period from 220 to 589 A.D.
Because a growing body of research is showing several of ginseng's compounds -- including ginsenosides, ginseng peptides, and ginseng polysaccharides -- to have a number of health, it's become one of the most widely-used herbal treatments in the world.
In the new study, published in the December issue of Phytotherapy Research, Chinese researchers isolated a special protein from ginseng and gave it to rats that had been induced into an Alzheimer's-like mental state.
Now, cells normally die as we grow and age. That's just part of the cycle of life. But with Alzheimer's, the neuron cells in your brain tend to die off prematurely -- while you still need them!
In the study, however, not only did the rats given the ginseng protein get to keep MORE of their neurons for LONGER, but their overall cognitive function improved as well.
This just confirms what was found in a study published last year, which looked at a different ginseng extract, called Rg3GE, in memory-impaired mice.
Mice given Rg3GE over the course of two weeks ran through a water maze with no problems, compared to those in the placebo group that struggled with their spatial memory.
I'm sure there's much more to find out about the powers of ginseng -- since, after all, what we know about Alzheimer's is constantly changing, growing, and expanding. I'll be sure to keep you up to speed here in my eTips and my Nutrition & Healing newsletter.
You can find many varieties of ginseng at your local health food store as a tea, a supplement, or in root powder form -- but you want the "true" ginseng (Panax ginseng, also called "Asian ginseng" and "Korean red ginseng") and not Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), which is a totally different plant.