A Cup of Green Tea with Your Apple Boosts Health Benefits

Health benefits of an apple and a cup of green tea.


The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, has just become more valuable for staying healthy! Certain substances within apples and green tea, known as polyphenols, are proving to be beneficial in protecting us from chronic diseases.


Green Tea and Apples Protect Your Health!

The Institute of Food Research has published a new study that adds more to the growing body of evidence that certain compounds found naturally in foods have specific effects that help prevent chronic diseases. They have uncovered a mechanism by which polyphenols in green tea and apples affect a key signalling molecule, which could explain other studies that have shown how polyphenol-rich foods reduce risks of chronic diseases.”

A particular molecule, VEGF, has been found to signal your blood vessels to prolifierate. When you have cancerous cells developing, or athersclerotic plaques forming, the last thing you want is more blood vessels feeding their growth. You really want to shut down the growth of additional blood vessels that fuel these disease processes, without affecting all the good blood vessels which maintain our healthy bodies.

This study demonstrated that small amounts of polyphenols produced by green tea and apples basically put a stoplight on the VEGF signals going to the disease producing cells.

I wonder if a granny smith has more polyphenols than a washington, gala or fuji apple?

I also wonder if there is a particular brand of green tea richer in polyphenols?

If this effect happens in the body as well, it provides very strong evidence for a mechanism that links dietary polyphenols and beneficial health effects,” said Dr Paul Kroon, Research Leader at IFR.”

Now we can all slurp and crunch our way to health!

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Norwich BioScience Institutes. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Christina W. A. Moyle, Ana B. Cerezo, Mark S. Winterbone, Wendy J. Hollands, Yuri Alexeev, Paul W. Needs, Paul A. Kroon. Potent inhibition of VEGFR-2 activation by tight binding of green tea epigallocatechin gallate and apple procyanidins to VEGF: Relevance to angiogenesis. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2015; 59 (3): 401 DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201400478

Norwich BioScience Institutes. “New evidence for how green tea, apples could protect health.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 April 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150413095210.htm>.

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