Green tea may not be your first thought for preventative medicine, but there are plenty of reasons you may already be drinking it daily. From the high levels of antioxidant polyphenols , to the nootropic effects of caffeine, it already has its fair share of uses. Now, according to research published in the Journal for Vascular Surgery , it may be able to assist in the prevention of a life-threatening condition known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are a localized expansion of a hose-sized vein running through the chest towards the heart . That is to say, it’s what happens when the wall of an artery in the abdominal cavity is weakened, causing a bulge. The main concern is that it can burst, causing massive internal bleeding. Obviously since it includes a rapid progression of blood loss, and is highly difficult to operate on, it’s preferable to utilize preventative measures.
The research itself, conducted by a team from Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Medicine, showed that the aortic walls were in fact strengthened and increased elastin content (an important, highly elastic protein that allows tissues to retain their original shape after stretching or shifting) heightened by green tea’s inclusion.
For more on this, check out the original journal article here, or read more about abdominal aortic aneurysms here! Or, to change gears and learn about the other benefits of green tea, check out our article on polyphenols’ role in preventing cancer. Otherwise you can check out how Portugal is winning the war on drugs!