Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Green Tea Compound Can Help Prevent Fatal Brain Disorders, New Study Suggests

December 11, 2009 by  

Green tea compound can help prevent fatal brain disorders, new study suggests Researchers at Boston Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania have found that a green tea component, when combined with another chemical, may help prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The study, published in the most recent issue of Nature Chemical Biology, suggests that the combination of the green tea element EGCG and the chemical DAPH-12 can prevent and destroy protein structures known as amyloids, the primary cause of fatal brain disorders.

Amyloid plaques are tightly wrapped layers of protein that envelop brain tissue causing loss of memory, motor function and premature death.

"Our findings are certainly preliminary and we need further work to fully comprehend the effects of EGCG in combination with other chemicals on amyloids," said lead scientist Martin Duennwald. "Yet, we see our study as a very exciting initial step towards combinatorial therapies for the treatment of amyloid-based diseases," he added.

The next step for the research team is to investigate the mechanism and potency of the proposed therapy in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Meanwhile, separate studies have indicated that the consumption of green tea can also help ward off heart disease and certain forms of cancer.

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Green Tea Compound Can Help Prevent Fatal Brain Disorders, New Study Suggests”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at

  • coal miner

    coal Miner

    My wife drinks green tea.Are there any other teas that have the same benefits? I drink black tea.

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Coal miner:

      Most types of teas provide some benefits. However, it appears green tea provides far and away the most. Green tea provides the most EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, also known as a catechin, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola. Also: Fresh, unfermented green tea leaves contain polyphenols (naturally occurring an­tioxidants; within the group of polyphenols are flavonoids; polyphenols are recognized for their disease prevention and anti-aging properties, and can account for up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight of green tea.
      Catechins have been researched for hundreds of years for their health-promoting prop­erties, including their ability to help improve digestion, inhibit bacterial and viral infections, neutralize the negative impact of harmful fats and oils on your body, protect against oxidation in your brain and liver and support healthy gums. EGCG, in particular, boasts an impressive list of illnesses and conditions it has the po­tential to positively impact. A sizable body of research also suggests the polyphenols in green tea can help, lower your cholesterol, lower your triglyceride levels, lower your blood pressure and ease painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis ( also suggests green tea is a cancer fighter.

      Black tea contains more caffeine and also contains fluoride, which has harmful effects. Dr. Mercola discusses the benefits of teas in an article that can be accessed at

      Best wishes,

  • Terrence Snyder

    White tea…the same kind of tea as green except it is younger, has all the benefits of green tea except it has less caffeine and fluoride according to Dr. Russell Blaylock a highly respected neurosurgeon and nutritionist.

    • Jim H.



Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.