Wine and green tea may have the cure for congenital metabolic disease
People usually drink a glass of wine or a cup of warm aromatic tea to relax and clear their minds but a new study discovers that there may be more to these drinks than just relaxation.
New research from Tel Aviv University showed that certain components of wine and tea may be the key to curing some mental disorders.
The research pointed out that people who suffers from congenital metabolic disease lack key enzymes that breaks down metabolites, which are small molecules that make up proteins. When metabolites build up, it damages in nerve cells which causes cognitive developmental issues and mental disorders.
Metabolites particularly play a role in many other diseases including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as cancer.
And although the study is still in the preliminary phases, it has found that that the tannic acid in red wine and the epigallocatechin (EGCG) in green tea blocked the formation, and therefore the toxic buildup, of these metabolites, an article of MindBodyGreen showed.
“This opens up a door to people suffering from congenital metabolic diseases who currently have very limited option when it comes to therapy,” the report said.
Such as in the case of phenylketonuria (PKU) sufferers who must abstain from meat, fish, dairy, nuts, eggs, and beans for life in order to avoid developing cognitive developmental problems.
The study opens up an avenue for a more practical and effective treatment.