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A 3 page critique of a research study conducted by
researchers at the Biological Sciences Laboratories of Kao Corp., Tochigi, Japan. This study reports a correlation with green tea consumption and
improved physical endurance. The author of this paper points out some important considerations in regard to experimental design and the
researcher's affiliation that make these findings less impressive. No additional sources are listed.
3 pages (~225 words per page)
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The benefits of nutrition in terms of human health have been explored by a variety of researchers. In a study evaluating the impacts of Japanese green tea
on athletic performance researchers at the Biological Sciences Laboratories of Kao Corp., Tochigi, Japan, found and increase in endurance of up to twenty-four percent with the consumption of the equivalent
of four cups of tea a day over a ten week period (American Physiology Society, 2005). Researchers also found an eight percent improvement in endurance exercise performance correlated with
the consumption of 0.2% by weight addition in food (American Physiology Society, 2005). These findings validated the hypothesis that catechins (a polyphenol component of the tea that consists primarily
of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epicatechin gallate and gallocatechin gallate) affect endurance exercise capacity. The findings of this study could have significant
impacts to our daily lives as more and more individuals jump on the bandwagon so to speak, take advantage of the green tea regime, and begin to experience increased endurance
in their physical activities. It is important to note, however, that research such as this should always be regarded with caution. A careful review of the experimental design
and the potential motivations of the researchers is always wise. Otherwise the impacts of such a study might just be that Americans buy more green tea and gain very
little in terms of their health and welfare from their purchases! There could be perverse incentives at play and there could potentially even be more deleterious effects of this
dietary regime! The point is to proceed with caution. There are both positive and negative aspects of this study to consider.