Green Tea Compound Helps People With Down Syndrome

A new study published in The Lancet Neurology indicates that a compound found in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate, could improve cognitive functioning for people with Down syndrome. According to the researchers, the results of their study marks the first time that a particular treatment for Down syndrome has been shown to positively affect cognitive skills.

"It was surprising to see how the changes are not just cognitive -- in the reasoning, learning, memory and attention capacities -- but suggest that the functional connectivity of the neurons in the brain was also modified," said Dr. Rafael de la Torre of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and a co-leader of the study.

Roughly 1 in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, and more than 400,000 Americans currently live with the condition, according to the National Down Syndrome Society.

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