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Date:9/18/2007

e effects of tea on brain functions in laboratory and animal models for over a decade. Her most recent studies, presented at the symposium, looked at animal models of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Her group provided an amount of purified EGCG equal to about two to four cups of Green Tea per day to animals with induced Parkinsonism as part of their diet to evaluate how their symptoms improved or progressed. They found that when the animals are fed Green Tea EGCG, the polyphenol appeared to prevent brain cells from dying, and showed improvements in reducing compounds that lead to lesions in the brains of animals with Alzheimer's disease.

According to Dr. Mandel, "not only may the EGCG help prevent brain cells from dying, it appears that the polyphenol may even rescue the neurons once they have been damaged, to help them repair. In the past, it was thought that once brain cells were damaged, there was no way to repair them. The major question is whether these promising results are reproducible in humans."

Further Evidence that Tea Promotes Good Health

The latest data provide further evidence of tea's role in helping individuals maintain good health and vitality. Research scientists from top medical institutions in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America gathered to share their new data.

Some of the other exciting findings presented at the Fourth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health relevant to public health were:

-- Tea flavonoids may improve cardiovascular health by reducing

inflammation and improving blood vessel function;

-- Tea drinking may play a role in gene expression that is involved in

cancer cells;

-- Tea may play a role in shifting metabolism to favor weight loss and

better manage blood sugar levels;

-- Tea is a major contributor of flavonoids in the US diet.

The symposium, which was sponsored by the American Cancer Societ
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