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Green Tea and Heart Function

December 6, 2011

Reperfusion injury is the tissue damage caused when blood supply returns to the tissue after a period of ischemia or lack of oxygen. The absence of oxygen and nutrients from blood during the ischemic period creates a condition in which the restoration of circulation results in inflammation and oxidative damage through the induction of oxidative stress rather than restoration of normal function.” Wikipedia

Piao et al, evaluated the preventive role of epigallocatechin-3 gallate ( a derivative of green tea) in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury.  It has been suggested that EGCG has beneficial health effects, including prevention of cancer and heart disease, and it is also a potent antioxidant.

In an animal study EGCG was shown to have a protective effect on I/R-associated hemodynamic alteration and injury by acting as an antioxidant and anti-apoptotic agent in one.

Green Tea is used as a base for the functional drinks made by InnOrbit.

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