CHINA

HEALTH TIP: DRINK GREEN TEA

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Green tea is a sta­ple in China – and for good rea­son. Even drink­ing one to two cups a day has ben­e­fits. The magic in­gre­di­ents in green tea are nat­u­ral com­pounds called cat­e­chins. UK re­searchers believe a cat­e­chin called EGCG helps re­duce the build-up of plaque that dam­ages ar­ter­ies and leads to heart dis­ease. “It has been known for some time that EGCG can al­ter the struc­tures of amy­loid plaques as­so­ci­ated with Alzheimer’s dis­ease,” says David Mid­dle­ton, pro­fes­sor of chem­istry at Lan­caster Univer­sity. “Our re­sults show this in­trigu­ing com­pound might also be ef­fec­tive against the types of plaques that can cause heart at­tacks and strokes.”

‘Even drink­ing one to two cups a day has ben­e­fits’

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