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Green tea exerts Anti-atherosclerotic effect

March 8, 2012

Hardening of the arteries, also called atherosclerosis, is a common disorder. It occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is a key polyphenolic in green tea, exerts an anti-atherosclerotic effect via anti-inflammatory and metabolic regulation activities.

Studies by Jiang et al, (International journal of molecular medicine, Mar 7, 2012) have provided novel insight into the anti-inflammatory effects of EGCG, as well as the identification of a novel potential therapeutic role for the prevention of atherosclerosis.


La aterosclerosis es la acumulación de depósitos adiposos o placa en el interior de las paredes de las arterias. Las arterias son vasos sanguíneos que transportan oxígeno y sangre al corazón, cerebro y otras partes del cuerpo.

Componentes del té verde (EGCG) pueden reducir la aterosclerosis.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cys Leu Gly permalink
    March 10, 2012 9:48 pm

    Thanks for the post; the health benefits of green tea are seemingly endless! Also, I appreciate the reference to published scientific literature. It’s important to note that drinking green tea or any beverage such as wine for example can be beneficial when used in conjunction with a low fat, low salt, low sugar diet. Basically, this is only applicable for people with low cardiovascular risk to begin with. So for example, leading an otherwise unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle and drinking green tea will not prevent one from acquiring atherosclerosis. If you’d care for more information on atherosclerosis and risk factors, check out my series on atherosclerosis at

    • Cys Leu Gly permalink
      March 14, 2012 1:57 am

      Thanks for following me, but there was some mix-up as the blog you followed was inactive and has since been deleted. To follow my health blog and read the series on atherosclerosis, visit Here’s To Your Health at Thanks again!

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