We’ve all heard the famous saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” American actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth stated, “As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing.” (1)
Polyphenols in apples and green tea found to have protective health benefits.
Scientists from the Institute of Food Research couldn’t agree more as evidence continues to prove that compounds in certain foods do protect our health! (2)
Many studies have shown that those who eat the largest amounts of fruits and vegetables lower their risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Some fruits and vegetables are found to have high amounts of naturally occurring polyphenols that provide protective health benefits. (2)
In recent study, Dr. Paul Kroon and his team showed that the polyphenols in green tea and apples block a signaling molecule called VEGF, which can trigger atherosclerosis and is a target for anti-cancer drugs. (2,3)
Polyphenols in apples and green tea found to stop process that is crucial for cancer progression and development of atherosclerotic plaque.
VEGF is the main driver for blood vessel formation in these cell types by a process called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is a crucial part of cancer progression as well as development of atherosclerotic plaques and plaque rupture that leads to heart attacks or strokes. (2)
Using cells from human blood vessels, the research team found that low concentrations of polyphenols EGCG from green tea and procyanidin from apples stopped the signaling of VEGF. (2)
The team also found that polyphenols activated an enzyme signaling system that generates nitric oxide in the blood stream, which helps widen blood vessels and prevent damage. (2)
If you’re an apple a day person, you may find that you don’t necessarily visit the doctor less, but a recent study indicates that an apple a day is associated with fewer prescription medications. (4) So it may be more accurate to state, “An apple a day and a glass of green tea keeps the pharmacist away.”
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Lynn is a licensed therapist who enjoys cooking, creativity and enjoys helping other’s learn how to care for their minds and bodies through healthy eating. In the past four years, Lynn has altered her lifestyle and is committed to empowering other’s to have improved self care, mental health, and stress management. Each article and recipe submitted is with the intent to help each person move forward in their journey.
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