Green Tea, a traditional drink of China and Japan, adds one more feather to its cap.Hailed for its numerous health benefits, Kyoto University scientists showed that this drink can prevent an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
It is a medical condition characterized by inflammation and bulging of the main artery. Arteries are made of elastin, a protein responsible for its sturdy structure. When there is a decrease in the elastin proteins, the arteries become overstretched and bloated, leading to rupture.
It is very difficult to diagnose bulging of arteries and without treatment, abdominal aortic aneurysms rupture, resulting in death of the individual.
Benefits of Green Tea
The practice of drinking green tea, a beverage made of healthy herbal leaves started in china and Japan. They consume this drink daily and no wonder; Japanese have the highest lifespan.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols like epicatechin and flavanols. They help lower bad cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, blood sugar levels and inflammation. Various studies have shown that green tea can reduce death due to cancer.
Drinking green tea regularly may prevent death due to lung cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
Green tea can accelerate fat burning, promoting healthy weight loss. Polyphenols in green tea can lower the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women.
Effect of Polyphenols on Arteries
Researchers found that mice which drank green tea had lesser chances of developing abdominal aortic aneurysm compared to the control mice.
Polyphenols found in green tea have the ability to regenerate elastin protein. They can prevent inflammation and degradation of elastin proteins inside the abdominal artery. Eventually, arteries become protected from bloating and rupture.
The authors suggested that drinking green tea regularly can be a preventive strategy for abdominal aortic aneurysm. So, relish in this beverage often to stay healthy and young.