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Green Tea: Anti-inflammatory & Cognitive Function Improvement

August 14, 2012

Oxidative stress & Inflammation:

Flavanols, from dietary sources like Green Tea, give protection to a range of health conditions like insulin resistance. Stote et al, studied the amounts and types of flavanols that may be efficacious in various chronic conditions.

The study was designed to determine if cocoa flavanols, over a range of intakes, improve biomarkers of glucose regulation, inflammation and hemostasis in obese adults at risk for insulin resistance. As an adjunct, green tea and cocoa flavanols were compared for their ability to modulate these biomarkers.

Conclusions: Intake of Cocoa and Green Tea flavanols appear to positively affect selected markers of one or more measures of oxidative stress, inflammation or hemostasis in obese adults at risk for insulin resistance.

Cognitive Function – Green Tea and Cocoa similarities:

Mandel & Youdim reviewed the impact of nutritional supplementation on brain function in general, and provide a compilation of the most updated literature on epidemiology, clinical and animal studies with Green Tea polyphenols in age associated cognitive decline and in fighting neurodegenerative diseases. They present a perspective on the utility and assigned patents with Green Tea constituents that can help with a range of cognitive functions.

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