Here’s one more benefit of green tea you cannot ignore. Drinking green tea may prevent a deadly condition in which the body’s main artery becomes overstretched and bloated, a new study has claimed.
Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found that abdominal aortic aneurysm developed less frequently in rats that drank green tea polyphenol, a major component of green tea.
Without treatment, abdominal aortic aneurysms eventually rupture and lead to death 50% of the time, researchers said. “Abdominal aortic aneurysms often go unnoticed because there are no symptoms until they burst,” said Kenji Minakata, author of the study.
“If a patient is lucky and bloating is found before rupture, it needs to be treated surgically, such as by transplanting an artificial blood vessel or inserting a stent graft. At the moment there are no pharmacological treatments,” said Minakata.
Recent research has pointed to a host of health benefits from drinking green tea, including the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammation and oxidation. “The type of polyphenol found in green tea has recently been shown to regenerate elastin, an essential protein that gives the artery its stretchy texture,” said 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,” said Setozaki.