Green Tea Prevents Risk of Stroke and Other Health Conditions

Green Tea Prevents Risk of Stroke and Other Health Conditions

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    Green tea has been studied for its effect on the prevention of many diseases and a new study has found even   Green tea has been studied for its effect on the prevention of many diseases and a new study has found even more evidence of its health benefits.  A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that drinking three cups of green or black tea each day reduced the risk of a person having a stroke.  Since there are few ways to prevent a stroke, these findings are important because it is one more step toward finding a preventative for stroke.

    Green, Black Tea and Stroke Prevention Study

    Lenore Arab, lead author of the study, and colleges used information from studies on stroke and tea consumption from records on PubMed and Web of Science archives.  They found nine studies that revealed 4,378 strokes among 195,000 individuals.  From these previous studies, they were able to determine that drinking three cups of tea per day reduces the risk of stroke by 21 percent.  They also found that the more tea that was consumed, the higher the percentage of prevention grew.  If a person were to drink six cups of green or black tea each day, their risk of stroke would reduce by 42 percent.  These results were found by drinking tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant and not from herbal teas. 

    The researchers are not exactly sure yet which substances in tea help to prevent strokes, but they believe that the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate and the amino acide theanine are the main components responsible. 

    Green Tea as a Preventative for Heart Disease and Other Health Issues

    Green tea is studied extensively for its health benefits and continues to be of interest to researchers for the prevention of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and digestive disorders.  Clinical studies have found that green tea lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and raises good (HDL) cholesterol as well as lowers triglyceride levels.  Researchers estimate that drinking three cups of green tea a day can lower the risk of heart attack by 11 percent.  A five year study on green tea is underway at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, on the effects of green tea and breast cancer in postmenopausal women.  Previous studies have looked at the effect of green tea as a preventative for breast cancer and found that woman under the age of 50 who drank three or more cups of green tea a day lowered their risk of breast cancer by 37 percent.  The Minnesota study hopes to find “the effects of green tea consumption on biological factors that influence breast cancer risk”.

    Green tea is high in nutrients and antioxidants and is beneficial for anyone who wishes to enjoy both its flavor and its health benefits.

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