Green tea has many health benefits. Is a better brain one of them? One Indian company certainly thinks so. This summer, Te-A-Me Tea delivered 6,000 green tea bags to Trump Tower for then-Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump to “cleanse” him.
In an accompanying video, titled “Trumping Donald: A Te-A-Me Intervention,” the company further outlined their reasons for the gift:
“Dear Mr. Trump, namaste from India. We are sending you lots and lots of natural green tea. It fights against harmful free radicals. It helps purify mind and body and regain a healthy balance. It has also proven to make people smarter. Please, Mr. Trump, drink the tea. For your sake, for America’s sake, for the world’s sake. Drink the tea, because it’s never too late to cleanse yourself.”
Since the delivery, Trump went on the win the Presidential Election and will be sworn in as the 45th President on Friday, January 20th. Trump’s team didn’t comment on the green tea delivery, so we’re not sure if all those tea bags helped him clinch 304 electoral votes, but as we look ahead to the next four years, would drinking green tea make Trump “smarter,” as Te-A-Me claims?
Science says yes:
Green tea contains both caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which when working together, have been proven to improve brain function particularly well.
A 2014 study published in Psychopharmacology also concluded that green tea helps different parts of the brain work together:
“Green tea extract increased the working memory induced modulation of connectivity from the right superior parietal lobule to the middle frontal gyrus. Notably, the magnitude of green tea induced increase in parieto-frontal connectivity positively correlated with improvement in task performance.”
As President, Trump’s agenda will include a lot of “task performance,” so green tea can only help.
Moreover, at 70, Trump will be the oldest person to occupy the Oval Office, so it would be prudent for him to do whatever he can to ward off neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. Lucky for him, green tea may help prevent Alzheimer’s by protecting neurons.
One 2004 study said:
“Green tea polyphenols are now being considered as therapeutic agents in well controlled epidemiological studies, aimed to alter brain aging processes and to serve as possible neuroprotective agents in progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.”
Another study from 2008 agreed:
“Human epidemiological and new animal data suggest that tea drinking may decrease the incidence of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease. In particular, its main catechin polyphenol constituent (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) has been shown to exert neuroprotective/neurorescue activities in a wide array of cellular and animal models of neurological disorders.”
In a time when 1 in 9 people over 65 have Alzheimer’s disease, green tea is an easy way to combat neurological degeneration.
Bottom line: If you think Trump is a genius, green tea will make him even smarter, and if you think he could use some cognitive assistance, green tea would be a great choice.
So we agree with Te-A-Me: Donald, drink the tea!
And if you want to try Te-A-Me’s green tea yourself, check it out here.