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Green tea may help to prevent spinal cord injury

People often drink green tea for many health reasons, including protection against high blood pressure and relaxing the body. However, researchers recently indicated that green tea might also help with protecting a person’s brain and reducing potential damage to the spinal cord. This research finding may be of particular interest to those with a spinal cord injury in West Virginia.

Green tea contains polyphenol and potent antioxidants, scientists have stated. These help to protect neurons in one's spinal cord from what is known as oxidative stress, which is associated with cancer development. This is important because, when oxidation accumulates over time, this can result in several health problems, including protein oxidation, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage.

Polyphenol and antioxidants also protect against neuronal apoptosis, or a neuron’s programmed death. According to the study, polyphenols in green tea may offer protection from secondary injuries in spinal cords as well. Scientists are striving to continue researching possible treatments for functional recovery as well as neuron regeneration after a person has suffered spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can cause an individual to be paralyzed and even incontinent; these injuries thus can have negative physical and emotional effects on someone in West Virginia; they can also be costly to treat in the medical environment. A person who is suffering from a spinal cord injury following a vehicle crash or other type of accident resulting from someone's negligence may file a claim against that individual, seeking monetary damages. If a judge awards these damages to the plaintiff, the injured individual may be able to more effectively pay for necessary care and be able to cover the loss of wages connected to the incident.

Source:, "Drinking Green Tea May Help Prevent Spinal Cord Damage", Kathleen Lees, Aug. 25, 2014

Source:, "Drinking Green Tea May Help Prevent Spinal Cord Damage", Kathleen Lees, Aug. 25, 2014

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