Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Omega 3 and Green Tea
I've written before about the health benefits of Omega 3 FFA and Green Tea. More evidence of their healthful benefits came out today.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on a study of pregnant women that were given fish oil tablets vs placebo tablets and olive oil tablets. The tablets were taken at 30 weeks of gestation throughout the pregnancy. They then tracked the children born through age 16. They found that the women who took fish oil (Omega 3 FFA) while pregnant had kids with lower incidence of asthma and allergies compared with the placebo and olive oil women.
A 2nd study reported in the same journal looked at tea comsumption in 2501 people over age 55. They looked at Ceylon, English, Chinese and Green tea. Chinese tea included black and oolong teas. They found that people with higher intake of all tea types did better on cognitive tests and activity levels than people who drank lower amounts or no tea. Those who drank more tea had higher levels of social interaction and physical activity. Most of the people had mixed tea consumption but there was an even lower cognitive decline in the oolong/black tea drinkers.
So there you have it. Go make a pot of tea and use it to wash down an omega 3FFA tablet.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 1:57 PM