Green tea is continually being studied
for possible health benefits.
For example, ABC News recently covered a Reuters Health report on some recent findings of a study conducted by Dr. Niu in Japan.
The subjects of the Tohoku University Graduate School study
- were aged 70 and older
- they drank four or more cups of green tea per day
- they were 44 percent less likely to have symptoms of depression
- black tea, oolong tea or coffee drinkers did not report lowered symptoms of depression.
“However,” the report closes with, “further studies are necessary to confirm whether greater green tea intake actually has antidepressant effects. Therefore, Niu shied away from recommending greater green tea intake to minimize depression among the elderly.”
In a related topic, insiders health reported a recent study of over 43,000 individuals, aged at least 40 years, whose daily diet includes a 5-cup pot of green tea, showed a 20 percent reduced risk of developing psychological distress.
Lastly, a report from perhaps one of the most un-depressed people in the world: a cheerleader. Ashley Bond, reporting on her upcoming photo shoot for the Chicago Bulls “Luvabull” poster, shared the secrets of her strict diet. Given less than two weeks to ‘lean out’ for her photo shoot, she vamped up her work-outs with kick-boxing to exercise the heart, high intensity weight training, and cardio intervals that included jumping over a bosu. She cut down on the sugars, amped up on her proteins, veggies, fruits and whole grains, and drank green tea every morning.
Drinking green tea every day may not pull everyone out of a depression, and it may not turn you into a cheerleader bounding out of the posters on the backside of a teenage boy’s door ~ but it seems to be a common denominator in the diets of people who care about keeping themselves well.