Green tea is delicious, but it could also have a pretty major health benefit if a Kyoto University team is to be believed.
What the team found was that abdominal aortic aneurysm which affects the arteries and leads to death in 50% of cases may be minimised by Green Tea. They found that the disease developed less frequently in rats that drank green tea polyphenol, a major component of green tea.
At the moment there is no pharmacological treatments for aortic aneurysm. It normally needs to be treated surgically, but this new discovery may give scientists the first clues to developing something against it.
“The type of polyphenol found in green tea has recently been shown to regenerate elastin, an essential protein that gives the artery its stretchy, yet study, texture,” explains lead author Shuji Setozaki. “Considering that abdominal arterial aneurysms are caused by inflammation and the degradation of elastin components in the arterial wall, we thought drinking green tea may show promise for treatment.”
Other wonder effects include improved brain activity and even weight loss and improved physical performance.
“Japanese people have the longest lifespan in the world, and studies show that 80% of the population drink green tea on a daily basis,” says co-author Hidetoshi Masumoto. “We believe daily intake of green tea should be considered as a new preventative strategy for abdominal aortic aneurysm; the focus of future studies will be to investigate optimal doses.”
Green tea is stuffed with benefits already, being packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. Other wonder effects include improved brain activity and even weight loss and improved physical performance. There’s pretty much no downsides to this so why not start adding Green Tea to your diet?