Saturday, May 30, 2009

Green tea could be a new weapon against ALS

A Canadian high school student recently won big at a national science fair by showing that green tea may slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found only in green tea,

increased the growth of special motor neuron cells in mice by 16 to 30 per cent, according to some of the teenager’s test results.

That means there is a possibility the antioxidant might slow down the wasting effects of the disease, which would be good news for ALS sufferers.

The Monk has a great uncle who died of ALS, so this issue hits close to home. Then again, that makes these research findings even more comforting.

ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, named after the Yankee slugger who delivered his famous "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech when the disease forced him into retirement.

—Mellow Monk

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