Protective compounds in tea and heart disease – (08-06-01)

Catechin intake and ischemic heart disease

The benefits of tea are well known, and generally, whatever black tea does, green tea does many times over. One of the compounds believed to provide the beneficial effects is a class of compounds called catechins. This article confirms that catechins, independent of the source (tea or otherwise) can lower the risk of heart disease. Add this to the preventative list which also includes osteoporosis, some types of cancers and diabetes. Remember, however, that just because isolated catechins show a positive result we should not run out and buy up supplements loaded with catechins…just drink tea!

AJCN — Abstracts: Arts et al. 74 (2): 227.

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.