In the course of keeping up in the nutrition field and staying on top of trends that people are seeking solutions for their health, I came across some interesting research! One of the top trends in nutrition both in therapeutic and preventive applications is how to combat fatigue through nutrients. This week was a perfect example, while the study was done in an animal model and the application to humans maybe a year or so away, I think it is worth sharing with my fellow Sustainable High Performers!
In a Japanese study, the lead researcher wanted to understand how to impact long term fatigue in the rat model. Could the components of green tea (namely the compound ECGC-epigallocatechin gallate) help the fatigue load in these rats and allow them to handle more stress without compounding the fatigue?
You can see the human application already? Those of us exposed to continual high stress levels which cause fatigue, both mentally and physically would love to know if certain nutritive compounds could help!
Green tea and its extracts already have a positive reputation, with studies reporting they may offer protective effects against Alzheimer’s and certain cancers, improve cardiovascular and oral health, and play a positive role in weight management.
The conclusion from Dr. Tanaka’s research did in fact show that there is a corresponding oxidative damage to the liver in prolonged fatigue and that the green tea compound ECGC helped alleviate this oxidative damage.
Significant further study is required however before the compound can be considered an option for workaholics at risk of accumulated fatigue.
Research like this is compelling because it brings scientific explanation to what possible health rejuvenating properties does this an ancient food/beverage and ritual of drinking green tea. So "new" restorative nutrition practices may in fact be very old and not new indeed.
by Patti Milligan,
Director of Nutrition