HomeNews&WEIRD SCIENCEGreen tea compound holds promise for preventing heart attacks Green tea compound holds promise for preventing heart attacks Posted 2018 June 4, By Rich Haridy – A compound found in green tea, already being examined as a potential Alzheimer’s treatment, may also be useful in preventing heart disease(Credit: Kesu01/Depositphotos) It’s not a huge newsflash that green tea has some pretty impressive health benefits, but a new study, from scientists at Lancaster University and the University of Leeds, has identified a specific compound found in the tea that could be recruited to dissolve the plaques that accumulate in blood vessels and lead to heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. The compound in question is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). A great deal of research has focused on this promising polyphenolcompound, revealing its impressive anti-inflammatory effects as well as its compelling quality to act as a protective element against neuronal damage. Some Alzheimer’s research has focused on EGCG’s ability to inhibit the formulation of amyloid plaques in the brain. This new study set out to examine how EGCG affects the amyloid deposits that can build up in arteries. Atherosclerosis is a cardiovascular disease that involves formations of amyloid deposits in blood vessels that can lead to heart attack or stroke. These deposits are similar to those that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. (To view entire article visit: https://newatlas.com/green-tea-heart-disease-prevention/54885/) Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.