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Drinking green tea and the risk of depression

Green tea reportedly has various beneficial effects (eg, anti–stress and anti-inflammatory).

Japanese researchers conducted the first study designed to assess the relationship between green tea and depressive symptoms in a community population.

First, the details.

  • 1058 community-dwelling elderly Japanese individuals completed a questionnaire.
  • Depressive symptoms were evaluated using the 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale.
  • Participant taking antidepressants were considered to have depression.

And, the results.

  • Mild-to-severe and severe depressive symptoms were reported in 34% and 20%, respectively.
  • After adjusting for confounding factors, higher green tea consumption was significantly associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, “Consumption of green tea may have a potentially beneficial effect on the prevention of depressive symptoms.”

More studies are needed to support these findings.

12/24/10 20:31 JR

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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.