Green tea contains antioxidant polyphenols such as catechins and flavonols. Most of the experimental and epidemiological studies concerning green tea effects have been targeted at its possible cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic effects, which have been linked to the antioxidant/pro-oxidant properties of its polyphenol constituents [67, 69]. Daily ingestion of tea as an antioxidant has also been reported to prevent stroke. Green tea extract orally administered to Wistar rats for 3 weeks before induction of ischemia by occlusion of middle cerebral arteries and reperfusion minimized the eicosanoid accumulation and oxidative damage in addition to the reduction of neuronal cell death . Green tea extract prevented cerebral ischemia damage caused by global ischemia-reperfusion in Mongolian ger-bils . (-)-EGCG has potent antioxidant properties in a green tea polyphenol and had a neuroprotective effect against neuronal damage following global ischemia in Mongolian gerbils . Theanine (Fig. 16.1), a flavorous component of green tea, has a neuroprotective effect against neuronal death in transient brain ischemia. The mechanism of the neuroprotective effect of theanine is related not only to the glutamate receptor but also to other mechanisms such as the glutamate transporter .
Was this article helpful?
Ever wondered what Chinese medicine is all about and whether it works? Thinking about consulting a practitioner but want to know some facts first? Look no further! Here's your chance to purchase an in depth and fully comprehensive eBook on anything and everything to do with this ancient philosophy.