Easy way to improve endothelial function which affects cardiovascular risk.
Endothelial function is an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. The endothelium is the inner layer of the blood vessels. One way of evaluating endothelial function is by measuring flow-mediated dilation which relates to the artery's ability to open and close. This affects the circulation and blood flow to the tissues. Better circulation leads to improved nutrient delivery to all tissues including the heart and the brain.
In this research flow-mediated dilation was measured on three separate occasions where the participants ingested either 6 g of green tea, 125 mg of caffeine (the amount contained in 6 g of tea), or hot water (Alexopoulos N, et.al., 2008). Flow-mediated dilation increased significantly with the green tea but did not change significantly with caffeine.
This may be one of the reasons that green tea has a beneficial effect on cardiovascular risk. By making some simple changes to your daily habits, you may find that several small changes for the better ads up, and in the long run, it can really make a difference.
Alexopoulos N1, Vlachopoulos C, Aznaouridis K, Baou K, Vasiliadou C, Pietri P, Xaplanteris P, Stefanadi E, Stefanadis C.The acute effect of green tea consumption on endothelial function in healthy individuals.Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2008 Jun;15(3):300-5.
- If you don't like to drink green tea, Better Green Tea is a good alternative.
- The Better Green Tea formula meets the German standards for pesticide content which is very strict.
- Research has documented many health benefits of green tea ranging from the reduction of oxidative stress, reduced risk of cancer, reduced cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.