A ‘tranquilizing effect on the brain’ caused by high levels of antioxidants in green tea lead researchers in Japan to believe that it may have the power to reduce depression symptoms in men and women over 70. This is just one of a long list of health benefits associated with green tea.
Reuters reported today that a study currently underway in Japan has released information that:
“Elderly men and women who sip on several cups of green tea a day may be less likely to have the blues, hint findings of a study from Japan.
Dr. Kaijun Niu, at Tohoku University Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in Sendai, and colleagues found men and women aged 70 and older who drank four or more, versus one or fewer, cups of green tea daily were 44 percent less likely to have symptoms of depression.”
Niu gives credit to the amino acid theanine, that has a tranquilizing effect on the brain, for the reduction in symptoms of depression. He also stated that there was not enough evidence to make a conclusive recommendation for elders and their fight with depression.
The list of health benefits of green tea is long and its history, even longer. The Chinese have used the natural tea leaf for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and it remains a staple in their diet today. Some newly research benefits include potential weight loss due to increased calorie burn and also helps to prevent tooth decay.
So what gives green tea such an advantage against others such as oolong or black tea? These teas all come from the same plant called the Sinensis but green tea is processed differently that oolong and black. Instead of fermenting the leaves, green tea is prepared by steaming the leaves which preserves the antioxidants that make the tea so effective.
The antioxidant, pigallocatechin gallate or ECGG inhibits the growth of cancer cells, can reduce cholesterol levels, and can prevent the accumulation of blood clots. These are especially important benefits for those who are in danger of heart attack or stroke.
With all of these benefits there must be something bad about it right?