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Friday, September 23, 2005

Green Tea Effective Against Alzheimers in Mice

An ingredient in green tea has prevented Alzheimers disease-like brain damage in mice, researchers report. The compount, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), decreased production of the protein beta-amyloid, which accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and causes nerve damage and memory loss.

"If beta-amyloid pathology in this Alzheimer's mouse model is representative of Alzheimer's disease pathology in humans, EGCG dietary supplementation may be effective in preventing and treating the disease," Dr. Jun Tan said.
posted by Tom Kealey at 12:20 AM


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