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Tea may reduce the risk of stroke

March 6, 2009 by  

Tea may reduce the risk of stroke Scientists have found that both green and black tea may be useful in preventing serious cardiovascular events.

The research conducted at UCLA suggests that drinking at least three cups of tea each day can reduce the risk of stroke by 21 percent. And three more cups reduce it by a further 21 percent.

"That’s why these findings are so exciting," says lead author Lenore Arab, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "If we can find a way to prevent the stroke, or prevent the damage, that is simple and not toxic, that would be a great advance."

She adds that although scientists are not sure which compounds in tea are responsible for this effect, they suspect that either the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) or the amino acid theanine may do that.

This effect was found in tea made from the plant Camellia sinensis, not from herbal teas.

The study results were published in the online edition of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. They were also presented at the American Heart Association’s annual International Stroke Conference in San Diego on February 19.

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  • Kerrie

    Give the man a chance!

    • jo

      To do what? Wreck the country? “Change” is not always a good thing.

  • Harry

    Tea may also help reduce the USPS deficit, per the mail-in tea bag campaign, to bombard the corrupt politicians in Washington, to oppose the massive squandering of taxpayer dollars by the NObama/pelosi Socialist agenda.

    • jo

      I was thinking the same thing! The USPS should be awfully busy in the next few weeks. I hope they’re grateful for the business. I wonder if it will even be reported how much tea they get in D.C. Maybe we should send some bacon, too…

  • Bob Livingston

    The reason why natural remedies like tea, both green and black, are becoming immensely important to researchers is that they have far much greater power in terms of offering solutions to health problems than modern medicine. The trouble with natural remedies such as green tea is that they are too simple and too cheap. The pharmaceutical controlled media has taught the people that there can be no solution to anything without a drug.

    Some of these health benefits have the most intrinsic value . Research for the last 100 years has shown conclusively that teas contribute to long-term health. Among other things tea contributes to fat oxidation which is triggered by some chemicals in green teas known as flavonoids.

    Indeed green tea is known to have medicinal benefits for heart disease and stroke and also cancer.


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