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Three cups of tea daily could lower stroke risk in women

by , 17 July 2013

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced. This deprives your brain of oxygen and nutrients, which can cause your brain cells to die. Luckily, if you're woman, you can lower your stroke risk with just three cups of tea every day…

Although a stroke is a serious medical condition that can damage your brain instantly, it can be treated and prevented.

And if you’re a woman, you’ll be glad to know prevention means three cups of tea per day.

Keep strokes at bay with three cups of tea

According to Nutrition & Healing, French researchers have found that three cups of tea daily may lower stroke risk in women by reducing plaque in the carotid arteries - the two arteries that supply blood to the brain.

Researchers compared dietary habits to carotid artery ultrasound examinations of more than 6,000 elderly subjects.

Among male subjects, no dietary habits were linked to reduced carotid plaque. But women who drank three or more cups of tea daily were far more likely to show no evidence of plaque buildup in the carotid arteries compared to women who didn’t drink tea.

Researchers concluded it’s all about the catechins.

Catechins are flavonoid compounds with significant antioxidant power. Research suggests that a key catechin variety known as EGCG prevents the formation of arterial plaque while also promoting the elasticity of your veins.

Green teas contain as much as ten times the amount of EGCG as black teas. Go on and indulge in a nice cup of tea if you haven’t already.

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