Alzheimer’s disease usually manifests in the elderly and nowadays approximately 30 million people suffer from it around the world.
The mechanism of this disease is based on neuronal degeneration in the brain as two “pathological” proteins are produced: amyloid-β and tau protein.
The professor of Neurology in the University of Magdeburg and director of the Research Centre for Neurological Disease, Jens Pahnke, along with his team have conducted research on the therapeutic properties of mountain tea. The results are optimistic as it turns out that if the patients eat honey on a daily basis for six months, the symptoms of the disease can subside and their condition becomes more stable.
More particularly, tea from mount Olympus has been found to decrease the plaque deposit rate of amyloid-β by 21% and thus, delay the progress of the disease and help in the fight against it (Heiner et al., 2018, Hofrichter et al., 2016).
The flavonoids in this herb enhance the cognitive performance due to their anti-inflammatory action and this is why, mountain tea can even reverse problems related to memory (Letenneur et al., 2007; Commenges et al., 2000, Chalatsa et al., 2018).
The scientific results send a hopeful message to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease but also other similar diseases such as dementia.
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