The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Green tea and the risk of depression

    green_teaResearchers from Japan studied the relationship between drinking green tea and depression in elderly Japanese adults.

    First, the details.

    • Green tea consumption was surveyed in 1058 community-dwelling elderly Japanese individuals.
    • Depression symptoms were evaluated using the 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale.
    • Participants who were consuming antidepressants were considered to have depressive symptoms.

    And, the results.

    • After adjusting for confounding factors, the risk of having mild and severe depressive symptoms was greater as green tea consumption increased (2 to 3 cups and 4 or more cups per day) compared with green tea consumption of not more than 1 cup/day.
    • Similar relations were also observed in those with severe depressive symptoms.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “A more frequent consumption of green tea was associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms in the community-dwelling older population.”

    Hmmm. Side effects from drinking green tea? Here’s a website with a long list of side effects.

    11/20/09 19:37 JR

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