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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

Hi, I’m JR

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.