Functional foods: Edited by Nathalie M. Delzenne and Peter StehleGreen tea and cardiovascular disease: from molecular targets towards human healthJochmann, Nicoline; Baumann, Gert; Stangl, Verena Author Information Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Kardiologie und Angiologie, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte, Berlin, Germany Correspondence to Verena Stangl, MD, Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Kardiologie und Angiologie, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, CCM, Schumannstr. 20-21, D-10117 Berlin, Germany Tel: +49 30 450 513 153; fax: +49 30 450 513 932; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care: November 2008 - Volume 11 - Issue 6 - p 758-765 doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328314b68b Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review To summarize current knowledge of the protective effects of green tea and green tea constituents, particularly catechins, on the cardiovascular system. Recent findings Consumption of green tea has been inversely associated with the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular risk factors. Mechanisms that have been suggested as being involved in the antiatherosclerotic effects of green tea consumption primarily entail antioxidative, antiinflammatory, antiproliferative, and antithrombotic properties, as well as beneficial effects on endothelial function. Moreover, evidence exists for myocardial effects of tea constituents, including positive inotropic and antihypertrophic effects, and beneficial impact in myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Summary Green tea represents a promising tool for the prevention of cardiovascular disorders. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.