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September 21, 2005

Green Tea For Alzheimer's?

Topics: Medicine

University of South Florida researchers report that an antioxidant found in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), prevented Alzheimer's-like damage in the brains of mice that had been genetically programmed to develop the disease.

The green tea antioxidant, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), appears to block the initial process by which the Alzheimer's-related protein beta-amyloid is formed in brain cells. An abnormal accumulation of beta-amyloid can lead to nerve damage and memory loss.

The USF researchers found that EGCG decreased production of the protein both in cell cultures and in a mouse model for Alzheimer's disease.

Posted by Richard at September 21, 2005 4:37 PM

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