October 8, 2010

How green tea can make
you feel fabulous

Just when I think I've heard everything about green tea, I find another use for this wonderful beverage. On Wednesday, I showed you four powerful uses for green tea. These included reduced risk for lung cancer, stroke, and periodontal disease. And it can even help you burn fat. Now there's evidence that green tea can do something unexpected - calm your nerves and improve your mood.

As you may know, green tea contains caffeine. So the researchers in two separate studies were a little surprised when they found it can calm your nerves.

The first study was on 42,093 Japanese. The more green tea they drank, the less psychological stress they suffered.

The second study found that people who drink green tea have significantly lower rates of severe depression. If you drink four cups or more a day, green tea can reduce your risk of severe depression by 44% compared to drinking only one cup.

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Why might green tea be so effective on the brain? Its polyphenols provide particular protection to free radical damage from peroxynitrite. This free radical is notorious for brain damage. Green tea also contains theanine, a great calming agent for stressed nerves.

I drink a strong cup of green tea daily. If you don't want to go through the fuss of brewing it up, consider a capsule daily of green tea extract. Your brain cells might appreciate it.

P.S. This is just a quick reminder to sign up for the three-day program with myself, my wife and Dr. Kondrot. The program runs from October 25-27, 2010 in Santa Rosa, California. Please call 800-430-9328 for more information. I look forward to seeing you!

Ref: Am J Clin Nutr 2009, 90; Br J. Psych 2009, 195.

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