You probably know by now that drinking green tea is good for you. The Japanese are some of the longest-living people on the planet, and 80% of them drink green tea every single day. Green tea has been shown to help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is largely thanks to its polyphenols and antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and oxidation. But new research indicates that cancer and cardiovascular disease aren't the only causes of death that you can be less worried about if you drink green tea regularly. There's another silent killer that green tea may be protecting you from — one you probably haven't ever thought about before.
The aorta is your body's main artery, and it needs to remain both stretchy and strong to help move blood effectively throughout the body. But it's possible for the aorta to become overstretched and eventually rupture, a condition called an aortic aneurysm. These aneurysms often occur in the abdomen and often without warning. The only symptom you might notice is bloating — and many of us are quick to dismiss abdominal bloating as a result of a poor dietary choice.
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The scary truth is that abdominal aortic aneurysms lead to death in half the patients that experience them. And even if they're caught before they rupture, resolving the issue involves significant surgery. The damaged area needs to be repaired through the transplant of an artificial blood vessel or the insertion of a stent graft. As with all surgeries, these procedures carry risks. (Though those risks shouldn't keep you from talking to your doctor right away if you notice unusual bloating — surgery is a far safer option than living with a compromised aorta.)
Researchers at Kyoto University want to help people avoid ever experiencing an abdominal aortic aneurysm. And they noted that the main causes of these aneurysms are inflammation and the breakdown of elastin in the arterial walls. Fortunately, green tea can help with both, reducing inflammation while supplying a polyphenol that regenerates elastin. They decided to test its effects in rats given enzymes to stimulate abdominal aortic aneurysms. Sure enough, those who received green tea developed the condition much less often than those who didn't, thanks to their improved inflammation and elastin production levels.
While the researchers can't repeat this experiment in humans for obvious reasons, I think their findings are compelling. And they just add to the long list of reasons I think you should have green tea every day. However, I understand that not everyone enjoys the taste of green tea. Fortunately, I have a solution for you: Green Tea Extract. It provides you with all the benefits of all-natural, GMO-free green tea in a highly concentrated supplement form. It's a simple way to protect your health from diseases you know about and those you may never have considered.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD