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Compounds in Green Tea, Chocolate, Red Wine Show Promise for HIV Neuro Problems    

 A group of plant polyphenols known as catechins—found in green tea, dark chocolate and red wine—may help prevent the neurological complications more common among people living with HIV, according to a paper published online by the Journal of NeuroVirology.
Under the direction of Joseph Steiner, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University department of neurology in Baltimore, the authors found that catechins—notably epicatechin and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—can induce the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that neurons need in order to function correctly.

They add that more research is required to explore just how well these naturally occurring compounds can prevent and reverse neurocognitive problems in people living with HIV.

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