can normal tea e.g tetley tea prevent parkinson's disease? how manys cups by day would prevent it?

i'm aware green tea, black tea & coffee can prevent this disease but can tea itself prevent parkinson's?

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  • Mags
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    1 decade ago
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    Don't confuse treatments, supplements, diet, therapies with cures.

    There is no preventitive treatment for Parkinson's disease. While green tea has antioxidants which can aid by possibly providing symptom relief or slowing progression, it has not been established that the green tea antioxidants are that available in tea form.

    Antioxidants and caffeine will not prevent PD. It has already been established that caffeine may slow onset but but not prevent it. Yes, there have been caffeine studies. especially the 30+ year Hawaiianstudy.

    http://parkinsonsfocustoday.blogspot.com/2008/11/c...

    And there have been green tea studies such as this one:

    http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Green...

    About antioxidant threatment, there isn't enough research to be definitive. There were CoQ10 studies but they have been flawed. Even the current studies are deficient because they do not include high enough doses.

    But my husband has had PD for several years, does drink coffee, green tea, takes large doses of CoQ10 and smaller doses of other antioxidants. They have helped in tremor reduction amd possibly in some other small ways.

    All that said, I think you are referring to the study which was published in 2008 in which the following was said:

    "Black tea, a caffeine-containing beverage, showed an inverse association with Parkinson's disease risk that was not confounded by total caffeine intake or tobacco smoking,"

    The claim was that drinking 23 cups of black tea a month would slow onset of PD by up to 71%

    http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Black...

    http://www.nni.com.sg/Newsroom/MediaRelease/Drinki...

    http://www.naturalnews.com/023787_disease_Parkinso...

    "The four primary polyphenols found in fresh tea leaves are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and epicatechin (EC)." Green tea is a younger version of black tea.

    There is a clinical trial now in Phase 2 in Beijing to determine if Green Tea is an effective & safe treatment for new PD patients without taking any other meds.

    http://www.pdonlineresearch.org/resources/clinical...

    Tetley, a subsidiary of Tata Tea Ltd, is not going to be making any claims yet - they are probably still smarting over getting into hot water with the UK Advertising Standards Authority for overstating antioxidant health benefit claims

    http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation/Tetley-...

    I think the jury is still out and certainly the processing is important which may be why the studies are taking place in China.

    Good question - I think we'll add more black tea to the pantry.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Absolute nonsense. Research is still being carried out to find a way to treat Parkinson's disease and you think that drinking tea may prevent it ? If that were the case British people wouldn't have a problem with the pints upon pints of tea they drink every day.

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