For Better Health, Add Some Green Tea to That Apple a Day (study)
We’ve all heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, here are two important additions to that. Make the apple organic (apples when not organic carry a huge pesticide load) and add green tea. The study, “Potent inhibition of VEGFR-2 activation by tight binding of green tea epigallocatechin gallate and apple procyanidins to VEGF: Relevance to angiogenesis,” (which you can read here… ) showed how polyphenols in apples and green tea, reduced the risk of developing chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. This happens due to the polyphenols blocking a signaling molecule called VEGF.
VEGF drives blood vessel formation by a process called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is crucial in cancer progression, and the development of atherosclerotic plaques, and plaque rupture which can cause heart attacks and stroke. The blocking of the VEGF thus also blocks the new blood vessel formation needed when cancer and tumors grow. Polyphenols also activated another enzyme-signaling system that generates nitric oxide in the blood, which helps widen the blood vessels and prevent damage.
Thanks grandma, for that wise advice. Off to eat my organic apple and sip on green tea today!