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Green tea supplementation produces better neuroprotective effects than red and black tea in Alzheimer-like rat model
- Schimidt, Helen L., Garcia, Alexandre, Martins, Alexandre, Mello-Carpes, Pamela B., Carpes, Felipe P.
- Food research international 2017 v.100 pp. 442-448
- Alzheimer disease, Camellia sinensis, animal models, black tea, euthanasia, green tea, hippocampus, males, memory, memory disorders, neuroprotective effect, oxidative stress, rats
- Green tea from Camellia sinensis plays a neuroprotective role in different neurodegenerative conditions, such as memory deficits in Alzheimer disease (AD). However, whether other teas from Camellia sinensis present similar neuroprotective effect still is not clear. Here we investigate effects of green, red and black tea supplementation on memory and hippocampus oxidative status in a rat model of Alzheimer-like disease (AD-like). Method: Wistar male rats were supplemented with green, red or black tea during 8weeks before Aβ intra-hippocampal injection (2μL of Aβ-25–35, CA1 region). AD and sham rats were submitted to memory tests. After euthanasia, oxidative status in the bilateral hippocampus was quantified. Green and red teas avoid memory deficits in AD rats, but only green tea also avoids oxidative stress and damage in the hippocampus. Green tea was more effective for neuroprotection than red and black teas from the Camellia sinensis in the AD rat model.