Green Tea Lowers Your Risk of Heart Disease
In the latest issue of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, researchers reported that people who drink green tea have better blood vessel function just 30 minutes later. Inside of an hour, your heart is already enjoying benefits!
For the study, researchers gave either green tea, hot water, or a beverage containing the same caffeine as green tea to a group of volunteers. The researchers measured the volunteer’s blood flow 30, 90, and 120 minutes after drinking their beverages.
After drinking green tea, the volunteers experienced significantly increased artery widening. The widening was evident after just 30 minutes. The other beverages (the caffeinated beverage and hot water did not produce any significant changes in the same individuals).
According to WebMD.com, it comes down to endothelial cells. Green tea improves the function of these cells. Mini Cardiovascular lesson: Unhealthy, uncooperative endothelial cells play a key role in the development of clogged arteries. Clogged arteries, of course, lead to every cardiovascular evil you can imagine.