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Three Cups a Day Help Prevent Stroke

THREE CUPS A DAY HELP PREVENT STROKEThere are very few known ways to reduce the risk of stroke, but a recent UCLA study found that drinking at least three cups of green or black tea a day may offer significant protection. The researchers are not exactly sure which compound in tea reduces the risk but speculate that it might be either the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) or the amino acid theanine, both of which are readily absorbed by the body. The amino acid theanine, in particular, is known to be able to cross the blood/brain barrier, helping in this way to prevent an ischemic stroke. These are exciting findings, as developing medications for stroke victims is quite challenging; drugs have to get to the stroke-damaged site quickly because damage occurs so fast. Tea might offer a way to prevent strokes in the first place, and it is tasty, natural, and has no side effects. (University of California – Los Angeles, March 2009)HOW GARDEN PEAS FIGHT HIGH BLOOD PRESSUREThe ordinary garden pea is not ordinary at all, boasting healthful amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins, all wrapped in …

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