A recent U.S study* shows that green Tea may help trim bad cholesterol.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, pooled the results of 20 clinical trials that involved a total of 1,415 adults and shows that green Tea trimmed 5 to 6 points more from people’s total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels than other treatments.
The trials tested green Tea in a cup or capsules containing green Tea compounds. Green Tea in a cup was more consistently effective than capsules, though the benefits overall were fairly small, noted senior researcher Olivia Phung, an assistant professor of pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
Olivia Phung also suggests that if someone is already taking medicine for their cholesterol they should stick with it but adding green Tea to the diet could further improve the cholesterol results.
There are other questions too, including what dose of green tea catechins is ideal, but the researchers were unable to test for a “dose-response” effect, which would have shown whether the cholesterol benefits increase as the catechin dose goes up.
Despite the positive health benefits, Green Tea should always be taken in moderation as it contains caffeine.
Happy Tea Break.