Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Green Tea Puts Sleep Apnea Woes to Bed?

Green Tea Puts Sleep Apnea Woes to Bed?: WebMD
"...Green tea contains compounds called polyphenols, which animal studies suggest can protect against neurodegenerative changes related to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Green tea polyphenols (GTP) work by counteracting oxidative stress in the brain. Oxidative stress is cell damage brought on by harmful molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants protect against this damage. Oxidative stress is believed to play a role in many diseases. Signs of oxidative stress and changes in the brain have been documented among some patients with OSA...rats treated with GTP made their way through the maze better than the other rats. The researchers say their findings suggest that the chemicals in green tea can calm learning problems related to OSA-induced hypoxia. They also found that there was chemical evidence of less oxidative stress in the rats given GTP. GTPs "may represent a potential interventional strategy for patients" with sleep-disordered breathing," Gozal says."

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