Green tea has been linked to many health benefits. Experts have suggested that drinking green tea is good for weight loss، reducing high blood pressure، and clearing skin، Technical Times reports. Researchers are now suggesting that green tea could help prevent heart attacks and strokes. A compound found in the common household item could help dissolve harmful protein plague that builds up in the arteries، which is known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fatty substances in the arteries which can lead to less blood flow to the brain and the heart. The protein، apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-1)، occurs in the more advanced stages and can produce amyloid deposits. These deposits، which are the same as the structure of substances that cause Alzheimer's disease، build up in the atherosclerotic plaques. This will increase the size of the plaques which continued to lessen the blood flow and increase the risk of a stroke or a heart attack. The team of researchers from Lancaster University discovered that the molecule، epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)، which is associated with green tea، can bind to the protein، apoA-1، and break into smaller molecules that will less likely damage blood vessels.