Green tea for rheumatoid arthritis

April 20, 2011 - 0:0

Although the findings so far are limited to laboratory animals, intriguing new research points to green tea's ability to marshal the body's defenses against rheumatoid arthritis.

When consumed daily over 3 weeks, green tea decreased the likelihood that rats injected with a human form of rheumatoid arthritis would get the disease. Researchers credit the brew's polyphenols, a kind of antioxidant that can help bolster immunity.
They say the popular libation could be an effective nutritional strategy in managing the condition in people. Caveat: Green tea contains a small amount of vitamin K, a clotting agent that can interfere with the effectiveness of anticoagulants, such as warfarin and heparin.
If you take one of these drugs, tell your doctor, as he may need to adjust your dosage.
Hidden benefit: Some studies indicate green tea may help spur weight loss.