ISLAMABAD: Polyphenols found in green tea are strong antioxidants and can protect your brain in case of a spinal cord injury, say researchers.
Chinese researchers have found evidence that polyphenols can protect spinal cord neurons against oxidative stress and can reduce free radical damage.
In lab experiments over rats, lead researcher Jianbo Zhao and co-workers from the First Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning Medical University found that green tea extracts significantly lessen oxidative stress and reduce neuronal apoptosis.
“The results show that green tea polyphenols can help protect spinal cord neurons against oxidative stress exposure,” Zhao added.
Oxidative stress is an important factor in secondary injury after damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries comprise primary and secondary injuries.