When it comes to health advice, we often hear the same tried-and-true advice over and over again, such as wash your hands, eat your veggies and, of course, drink green tea.
But a new study about out of Japan really caught my eye. And if you’re like me and thought you knew pretty much everything there is to know about the benefits of drinking green tea you’re going to be surprised by the one too.
Green tea can help prevent deadly aortic aneurysms
It turns out drinking green tea can help prevent a deadly abdominal aortic aneurysm – a dangerous condition that kills one out of every two people who develop it.
Aortic aneurysms, which involve the stretching and bloating of the body’s main artery, are the third leading cause of death in men over 60. The condition is most likely to afflict those who smoke or have high blood pressure.
Its victims have included physicist Albert Einstein and actor George C. Scott, the star of “Patton.”
The polyphenols in green tea strengthen arteries
But researchers from Kyoto University have determined that they can be prevented with green tea, a source of antioxidants called polyphenols that they believe strengthen our arteries and make them more elastic.
Abdominal arterial aneurysms are caused by inflammation and the degradation of elastin components, noted the study’s leading author. And since the particular type of polyphenols found in green tea have recently been shown to regenerate elastin, a protein that makes the artery sturdier and more resilient, the research team decided to test them on rats treated with enzymes that induce the condition.
Not only did they find that the rats consuming green tea polyphenols were less prone to aortic aneurysms, they also had more elastin production and less inflammation.
The big danger in abdominal aortic aneurysms, said co-author Kenji Minakata, is that they “often go unnoticed because there are no symptoms until they burst.”
Well, after news like this, the only thing left to do is put the kettle on!
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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