OPEN YOUR HEART TO GREEN TEA
Scientists in Great Britain have discovered a compound in green tea that breaks up and dissolves the plaques that clog blood vessels, causing heart attacks and strokes. Researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Leeds found that epigallocatechin- 3- gallate ( EGCG) binds to amyloid fibers in the blood and converts them to smaller, soluble molecules that are less likely to damage blood vessels. ” 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 of 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.”
It’s doubtful, the researchers noted, that people can get enough EGCG from drinking green tea to promote this beneficial effect, but more targeted forms of the compound ( e. g., supplements) may be effective. Their findings were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.