Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Green tea may prevent HIV-associated dementia

At the conference Experimental Biology 2007, held from April 28 to May 2 in Washington, DC., a University of South Florida neuroscientist reported that green tea may help prevent and treat HIV-associated dementia, also known as AIDS dementia complex.


More specifically, the catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) "greatly diminished the neurotoxicity of proteins secreted by [HIV]." EGCG is not only the most abundant catechin in green tea—it's found only in green tea.


This news comes on the heels of a report that green tea could also reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and slow its spread in those already infected.


—Mellow Monk


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