Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Green Tea & Mice

If your mouse (the furry, squeaky kind, not the computer accessory) has been behaving strangely, it may have Alzheimer's. I never knew this sort of thing was a problem, but that just goes to show what I know.

It just so happens that there's an ingredient in green tea - epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG - that may help mice with Alzheimer's, or so say researchers at the University of South Florida.

But don't race off to find your thimble and start feeding your mouse copious amounts of green tea just yet. Apparently there are other ingredients in green tea that inhibit absorption of the compound when brewed and consumed in the standard manner.

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