Green tea may reduce heart attack risk

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Green tea may reduce heart attack risk: Green tea could help scientists find new ways to reduce the risk of heart attacks. Studies suggest this light, Which may be responsible for the tea’s association with reduced risk of death from heart disease and stroke.

Green tea may reduce heart attack risk

Green tea may reduce heart attack risk
Green tea could help scientists find new ways to reduce the risk of heart attacks. Photo: File

You may have heard of its weight loss and immunity boosting properties, but if a latest study is to be believed, sipping into green tea daily could also do wonders for your heart health.

Green tea is derived from Camellia sinensis leaves and does not undergo any oxidation process.

The study is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, revealed that green tea may have properties to prevent deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis.

The researchers noted that a compound found in green tea, which is 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 the blood vessels, thereby boosting your heart health.

“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,” said David Middleton, professor in chemistry at Lancaster University.

“Our results show that this intriguing compound might also be effective against the types of plaques which can cause heart attacks and strokes.”

Another researcher Jeremy Pearson said, “Our bodies are very good at breaking down EGCG so swapping your cuppa for green tea is unlikely to make a big difference with respect to your heart health. But by engineering the molecule slightly, we might be able to make new medicines to treat heart attack and stroke.”

The team is now working on finding ways of introducing effective amounts of EGCG into the bloodstream without it being necessary to drink large and potentially harmful quantities of green tea.

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