Tea drinking is one of life’s simplest and most cherished pleasures. Tea drinking forms an integral part of Asian, European and other cultures throughout the world, in some cases it’s elevated to a high art. Green tea, made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, was recognized for its health benefits in ancient China. Some scientific studies have produced evidence supporting the use of green tea in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Polyphenol antioxidants in green tea extract improve multiple sclerosis symptoms by inhibiting certain enzymes that promote the disease, according to a study published in the March 2011 issue of the journal “Neurochemical Research.” In the tissue culture study, nerve cells exposed to green tea extract showed lower levels of tissue-degrading matrix metalloproteinase enzymes. Researchers concluded that green tea and other foods high in polyphenol antioxidants may be a powerful tool in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Japanese researchers reported that green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties may be helpful in preventing and treating chronic inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis. Green tea inhibits a compound known as tissue necrosis factor, which promotes tumor formation and inflammation. In the study on laboratory animals, four months of green tea supplementation inhibited tissue necrosis factor and interleukin, another pro-inflammatory molecule. The study was published in the April 2001 issue of the “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.”
Researchers at the Institute of Neuroimmunology of the Neuroscience Research Center in Berlin, Germany found that the green tea compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate, EGCG, suppressed a laboratory animal form of multiple sclerosis. In the study, EGCG reduced symptoms dramatically when given at or after the onset of symptoms. EGCG also protected against nerve damage in the brain. Researchers concluded that green tea may offer a viable natural option for treating and preventing multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory brain diseases by exerting both anti-inflammatory and nerve-protective benefits.
Caffeine in green tea may improve multiple sclerosis symptoms, according to Allen C. Bowling, Ph.D., author of the book “Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis.” Caffeine counteracts fatigue and improves mental alertness. Caffeine also inhibits the activity of white blood cells and alters the activity of certain brain receptors that may prove to be beneficial for multiple sclerosis.
Green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate offers suppressive and protective effects against multiple sclerosis, according to Robert Luebke, editor of the book “Immunotoxicology and Immunopharmacology.” Polyphenol antioxidants in green tea inhibit the pro-inflammatory enzyme cyclooxygenase-2, or COX-2, as well as interferon and tissue necrosis factor. In animals, green tea extract inhibits relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
http://healthcure4u.pw/how-green-tea-effects-multiple-sclerosis-a-very-informative-guide-for-patients/September 27, 2016adminMultiple sclerosisLeave a CommentI am a tea drinker. Always have been. The only time my tea cup looks like this, though, is when I find myself enjoying the brew at some place like The Greenbrier, West Virginia's five-star resort in White Sulfur Springs. Since that doesn't happen very often, my tea consumption usually looks like this...The bigger, the betterSo, when I ran across the article above, I got very excited.Evidently, in Dr. Allen C. Bowling's study on alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis, green tea was found to do interesting things for those of us with MS. And because MS has made me rather fearless, I am game for just about anything.The only problem I have with this study is that I really, really do not like the taste of green tea. Rather than whine about something so trivial, I plan to force myself to consume at least one cup/glass of green tea ... liberally laced with honey... a day. It cannot hurt, right?It is unfortunate that those of us with chronic disease(s) often find ourselves self-treating, diagnosing, and experimenting with possible cures to our every day ailments. I am not complaining, though. At least my spirit is still in the game.I will let you know how this new "play" works for me.The first edition of Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis quickly became the single source for accurate and unbiased information on a wide range of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches that can aid both in the management of multiple sclerosis symptoms and in promoting general health and wellness. The second edition of this authoritative book continues to offer reliable information on the relevance, safety and effectiveness of various alternative therapies.
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