Spinal injuries may vary in severity with symptoms ranging from general numbness or slight pain in the extremities to paralysis. Whether it is an NFL player who struggles because of a neck injury or people who deal with constant discomfort after a car accident, spinal cord injury can happen to anyone. Now, Chinese researchers are studying the effects of a humble substance on the ability of the human body to repair after a spinal cord injury with surprising results.
Chinese researchers have conducted a study that seems to show that drinking green tea may be advantageous to prevention as well as recovery in spinal cord injuries. In this study, published in the journal Neural Regeneration Research, the findings state that drinking green tea raises the amount of polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants. These polyphenols defend the spinal cord from being overcome by the stress of free radicals introduced into the body at the time of an injury. When free radicals flood the body it can go into oxidative stress, during which the body cannot detoxify itself. Incredibly, results with rats show that green tea may help prevent spinal injuries as well as treat those that have already occurred.
The lab work behind the study shows that drinking green tea may not only help prevent the free radicals from occurring in a victim’s body but might also help those who have already sustained an injury. In checking free radicals, green tea could be preventing things like DNA damage from occurring in the injured body.
Of course, this research is in its infancy, and it remains to be seen if green tea can offer any beneficial effects to humans. When a person has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person, the damage can be lifelong and many include paralysis and the loss of ability to work. Spinal cord injuries affect roughly 1,000 people per month across the United States and are the leading cause of paralysis.
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