Skip to comments.Feeling old and blue? Green tea may help
Posted on 12/18/2009 10:50:58 AM PST by decimon
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) 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.
Several prior studies have linked green tea consumption to reduced levels of psychological distress. This led Niu and colleagues to look at associations between drinking green tea and symptoms of depression in 1,058 relatively healthy elderly individuals.
About 34 percent of the men and 39 percent of the women had symptoms of depression, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. These symptoms were severe in about 20 percent of the men and in about 24 percent of the women.
Overall, 488 participants said they drank four or more cups of green tea a day, 284 said they downed two to three cups daily and the remaining 286 reported having one or fewer cups daily.
According to the investigators, the apparent protective effect of greater green tea consumption on symptoms of depression did not fade after they factored in social and economic status, gender, diet, history of medical problems, use of antidepressant medications, smoking, and physical activity.
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Day after ping.
It also burns fat ;)
Theanine being the active substance in green tea that brightens things up.
I’m addicted to the stuff- 10-15 cups a day.
I drink a litre of green tea a day, love it.
I switched from coffee a few yrs back, I LOVE the stuff, especially jasmine flavor . . .
Green tea has always gotten good press...that’s the main reason I’m skeptical. LOL! (I’ve brought my kids up with the attitude that anything the NY Times is for, be against).
Green tea has an acrid taste in concentrated form, so a simple solution is to use a bigger cup and use more water for each tea bag. The new green/white tea blends are much smoother tasting. I recommend them.
See? Just look at all the good cheer in this thread.
And then there’s Pharmboy, the boozer. ;-)
I drink a lot of green tea, too. The good stuff: Pi Lo Chun, Yin Shen, Mao Feng
I tried it once. Tasted like water strained through fresh cut grass clippings. NO thanks.
LOL! I think the NYT is the latecomer here. The benefits of green tea drinking have been known for many years. The NYT is so far behind the curve they just look like they are in front, but nothing they can say would make ME change my mind.
I suggest finding some Silver Needle tea, also known as Yin Shen. It’s very different from the grassy green teas.
Where do you get it? Do grocery stores have the real thing?
“I suggest finding some Silver Needle tea, also known as Yin Shen. Its very different from the grassy green teas.”
I’m still not budging. I’m a coffee person. I wouldn’t drink tea if it grew hair on my head.
Well, I admit I like a few now and again, but I haven’t let the stuff make me stupid since college days. I am teachable!
Just kidding and referring to this thread: Bourbon versus vodka: Bourbon hurts more the next day, performance is the same
Oh...I knew that...you old kidder, you.