Green tea myocardial ischemia research
When you have a heart attack, it is likely that a blood clot has blocked the supply of blood to your heart. Your heart then is damaged from the lack of blood supply, called ischemia, and precious cells die.
New research supports previous studies showing that drinking green tea not only may reduce the risk of heart attacks, but also may reduce the risk of damage during a heart attack.
One mechanism protecting against this cellular damage is the activity of phase 2 enzymes.
Researchers found that animals given daily green tea extract showed
higher phase 2 glutamate cysteine ligase enzyme activity
higher phase 2 quinone reductase enzyme activity, and
from 65% to 85% reduced markers of apoptosis, or heart cell death
This research is considered preliminary, but is consistent with previous studies.
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