Drinking green tea may help you in losing weight, improved brain function and lower the risk of cancer, but it might save you from abdominal aortic rupture a deadly condition of the main artery of the body that often turns out to be a silent killer, recent study suggested.
According to the study, the major component of green tea polyphenol can help in preventing the abdominal aortic aneurysm a condition in which the main artery becomes overstretched and bloated.
The Times of India reported, the researchers treated rats with enzymes that induce abdominal aortic aneurysm and found that the condition developed less frequently in rats that drank green tea polyphenol.
Kenji Minakata from Kyoto University in Japan, said that, "Abdominal aortic aneurysms often go unnoticed because there are no symptoms until they burst."
The lead author Shuji Setozaki from Kyoto University, explained that, "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 sturdy texture."
"Daily intake of green tea should be considered as a new preventative strategy for abdominal aortic aneurysm," Hidetoshi Masumoto from Kyoto University suggested.
"Japanese people have the longest lifespan in the world, and studies show that 80 per cent of the population drink green tea on a daily basis," Masumoto noted in the paper published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
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