Green Tea May Help Elderly Cheer Up

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Green tea may help the elderly feel better mentally, reports the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in a December 2009 article.

The Journal reported on a study from Tohoku University Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in Sendai, Japan.  The study found that elderly men and women consuming 4 or more cups of green tea had 44% less chance of having depression symptoms.

The study covered over 1,000 elderly Japanese citizens.  Reseachers think that theanine, a substance found in green tea, may be the reason for the study’s results.

Researchers caution that more study is necessary.

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