Friday, 1 June 2018

Going (for) Green


A study suggests that green tea contains an ingredient (epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG) that is effective at breaking down plaque, perhaps reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and/or stroke (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/01/green-tea-may-help-reduce-risk-of-heart-attacks). Drinking such tea is not sufficient (herbal stores are already selling concentrated extract) but the molecule might be engineered to be more effective in plaque busting. Of course, it might also be helpful in treating or preventing some forms of dementia (where plaque is thought to play a role).

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