Over the last few years, green tea has achieved the status of a superdrink. And a lot of people feel that it offers a host of health benefits that regular coffee or tea cannot provide.
The latest study, conducted by the British Heart Foundation, suggests that green tea could hold the key to preventing deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis. Scientists from Lancaster University and the University of Leeds discovered that a compound found in green tea, currently being studied for its ability to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease, also breaks up and dissolves potentially dangerous protein plaques found in blood vessels.
Researchers found that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), most commonly associated with green tea, binds to the amyloid fibers of apoA-1. This converted the fibers to smaller soluble molecules that are less likely to be damaging to blood vessels. The team is now working on finding ways to introduce effective amounts of EGCG into the bloodstream without it being necessary to drink large and potentially harmful quantities of green tea.
“The health benefits of green tea have been widely promoted and it has been known for some time that EGCG can alter the structures of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Our results show that this intriguing compound might also be effective against the types of plaques which can cause heart attacks and strokes,” says researcher David Middleton. The study is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
3 other benefits of green tea
* It can help you fight arthritis and joint pain.
A 2016 study by the Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane found that a green tea compound may help combat joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
* It can improve memory and reduce obesity.
According to a study done by researchers at Northwest A&F University, in Yangling, China, ingredients found in this tea can reduce high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and improve memory.
* It can detoxify your body.
Green tea is rich in antioxidant compounds. According to traditional Chinese medicine, drinking green tea helps relieve body aches and pains, aids digestion and boosts detoxification.