A friend of mine sent me an article today about a year long clinical study that “showed a chemical in green tea seems to improve memory, speaking and behavior in people with Down syndrome.” The article goes on to say that “brain scans revealed that the compound, called epigallocatechin gallate, altered the way brain cells connect with one another” and “We hypothesised that administration of a green tea extract containing epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) would improve the effects of non-pharmacological cognitive rehabilitation in young adults with Down’s syndrome
I’m not a fan of organizations that try to “cure” Down Syndrome (as I’ve mentioned before Noah’s life is a huge blessing to us) but I am however a fan of studies that could possibly help children like Noah reach their full potential. I’m also not a fan of putting children on a lot of unnecessary medications (Noah takes no medications or supplements) especially ones that we aren’t sure what they actually do or what the side effects are. What is an encouraging (and exciting) about this study is we aren’t talking about a medication, rather something natural, green tea. We aren’t talking about “healing” children with Down syndrome, rather helping increase their cognitive abilities in a natural way. That to me is something at least worthy of exploring more.
I’m not ready to give Noah gallons of green tea (although green tea has lots of health benefits) and as the article says these findings will require further validation, but this is still an exciting development, and one I’ll be paying attention to. You can read the full text of the research study here, and the article I reference here.
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