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Drink Fu Brick Tea to Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Free radicals are produced when the body experiences fever, chronic disease, or stress. These free radicals form toxic aldehydes, which are cleared by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. If acetaldehyde dehydrogenase activity is insufficient or mutated, acetaldehyde accumulates in the body, damaging mitochondria. This creates a vicious cycle, leading to decreased mitochondrial activity, increased free radical formation, and, eventually, the potential development of Alzheimer's disease. Research has found that fungal polysaccharides in the golden flower Fu Brick Tea fungus can increase the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase by 15% to 45%. Therefore, drinking more Fu Brick tea can help reduce or even lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Drink Fu Brick Tea to Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer

0. Introduction


Alzheimer's disease, a terrifying neurodegenerative disorder, silently erodes our memory and cognitive functions. As the global population rapidly ages, finding effective preventive measures has become increasingly urgent. At this critical moment, Fu Brick Tea—a traditional Chinese tea—stands out with its unique golden flower fungus component. Recent scientific research has revealed that polysaccharides in Fu Brick Tea are not only the source of its aroma but also hold promise in combating the threat of Alzheimer's by enhancing the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase. This discovery offers a potential natural solution that is highly anticipated.


1. Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease


The main risk factors for Alzheimer's disease include genetics, aging, and lifestyle. Genetic factors are significant, especially for those carrying specific gene mutations like APOE ε4, which can increase the likelihood of developing the disease. As we age, brain cell function gradually declines, elevating the risk of Alzheimer's. Additionally, an unhealthy lifestyle—such as lack of exercise, unbalanced diet, smoking, and prolonged psychological stress—is considered a potential factor contributing to the disease.


Scientists have found that oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage play crucial roles in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Oxidative stress refers to the excessive accumulation of free radicals in the body, which can attack cell membranes, proteins, and DNA, leading to cell damage and death. Mitochondria, the energy factories of cells, generate energy during metabolism but also produce free radicals. If mitochondria is damaged, it affects the cell's energy supply and exacerbates oxidative stress, creating a vicious cycle. Studies have shown that the brain tissue of Alzheimer's patients exhibits significantly reduced mitochondrial function and elevated free radical levels, further supporting the importance of this mechanism in disease progression.


The core cause of Alzheimer's disease lies in oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage, which together lead to cellular functional decline and neurodegeneration.


2. Free Radicals and Mitochondrial Damage


Free radicals are harmful molecules produced during human metabolism that attack cells and DNA, causing oxidative stress. Mitochondria, responsible for generating ATP, are also vulnerable to free radical damage. Aldehyde dehydrogenase plays a key role in detoxifying aldehydes, and a deficiency in its activity can lead to aldehyde accumulation, increasing the risk of oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage.


Free radicals and mitochondrial damage severely disrupt cellular function, accelerate aging and disease onset, and profoundly impact overall health.


3. Fu Brick Tea and Its Golden Flower Fungus Component


Fu Brick Tea is a post-fermented tea containing a unique golden flower fungus (Eurotium cristatum). This fungus contains various beneficial polysaccharides with antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties.


4. The Effect of Golden Flower Fungus Polysaccharides on Aldehyde Dehydrogenase


Scientific studies have shown that polysaccharides in the golden flower fungus can significantly enhance aldehyde dehydrogenase activity. The primary function of this key enzyme is detoxifying harmful aldehydes produced during metabolism. Aldehydes are potent oxidants that cause severe damage to cells and tissues. When aldehyde dehydrogenase activity is increased, the clearance of toxic aldehydes is accelerated, effectively reducing the damage from harmful substances. Additionally, detoxifying aldehydes helps reduce oxidative stress, protecting cells and organelles, especially mitochondria, from further damage. Therefore, the golden flower fungus polysaccharides play an important protective role by enhancing aldehyde dehydrogenase activity and maintaining overall health.


5. The Connection Between Fu Brick Tea and Alzheimer's Disease


By enhancing aldehyde dehydrogenase activity, Fu Brick Tea helps reduce oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Although these preliminary research results are encouraging, more scientific studies are needed for further validation.


5. Recommendations for Drinking Fu Brick Tea


To maximize the health benefits of Fu Brick Tea, it is strongly recommended that you drink an appropriate amount daily. Based on personal experience and professional advice, 10 grams of Fu Brick Tea daily is optimal


  • In the morning, use 5 grams of Fu Brick Tea in a thermos, yielding 2-3 liters to last throughout the day. 
  • After dinner, use a gaiwan or a purple clay teapot to brew the remaining tea, which not only soothes emotions and aids digestion but also rarely affects sleep quality.

In addition to drinking tea, maintaining a balanced diet and regular exercise are crucial measures in preventing Alzheimer's disease. These lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of the disease, helping people stay healthy and energetic in old age. Therefore, incorporating Fu Brick Tea into your daily diet and adopting a healthy lifestyle can help keep your brain and body healthy.


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6. Conclusion


As a traditional Chinese tea, Fu Brick Tea's unique golden flower fungus component may have potential health benefits in preventing Alzheimer's disease. Including Fu Brick Tea in your daily diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.


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Author: Cary Woo

Cary Woo has been working in the tea industry for over 10 years and has run a tea house for over 6 years, serving thousands of tea enthusiasts each year. He has a deep passion for various types of Chinese tea and is also the operator of Orientaleaf. He advocates for Orientaleaf's business philosophy: "We only sell tea that we have personally enjoyed and believe to be of high quality." He hopes to make the beauty of Chinese tea accessible to tea enthusiasts worldwide through simple means.

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