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The doctors called a drink that can protect against heart attack

Врачи назвали напиток, который может защитить от инфарктаGreen tea contains a substance that can protect from lethal disease.

“Journal of Biological Chemistry”, told about the study by researchers from two universities found a component of green tea (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) the ability to prevent heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis – a pathological process in vascular tissue.

The staff at Lancaster and Leeds universities were able to verify in their new study that they observed catechin in green tea destroys and dissolves potentially harmful protein plaques forming on the inner walls of the blood vessels and arteries, thereby contributing to the development of atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is characterized by accumulation of fatty material inside the arteries from the fat are formed atherosclerotic plaques that grow in size and interrupt normal blood flow. This raises the risk of heart attack or stroke. The catechin in green tea dissolves dangerous plaque, convinced the authors of the new project.

“Epigallocatechin-3-gallate binds to the amyloid fibers of apolipoprotein A-1. This turns the fiber into smaller soluble molecules which are almost not able to damage the blood vessels,” explained his action scientists.
Does this mean that drinking green tea can destroy atherosclerotic plaque and to avoid a stroke? Alas, no. That would require to use too much of the drink. But scientists are actively looking for optimal ways to transport epigallocatechin-3-gallate to platelets, e.g., by injection.

By the way, the catechin in green tea is being studied for its ability to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain, which are the main provocateurs of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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