Green Tea and Cardiovascular Protection
Natural health products like Green Tea are well documented as having positive cardiovascular properties. Vascular damage is a key instigator of coronary arterial plaque development which often ends in heart attack.
Current treatments for patients known to be at risk of plaque build up includes lipid lowering statins, anti-clotting agents and other drugs. Recent evidence has been building which suggests that components of Green Tea, amongst other natural ingredients, may have significant cardiovascular protective effects through reduction of oxidative stress, lowering of blood pressure, reduction in platelet aggregation, vasodilation and inhibition of abnormal angiogenesis.
A review by Slevin et al discussed in detail the potential of substances like Green Tea extracts as anti-atherosclerotic (anti-plaquing) agents and the justification for their consideration as main-line additional supplements or prescriptions.