The catechin extract in green tea contributes to reducing bad cholesterol (LDL), increasing good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.
The diet includes foods and supplements that can enhance the body’s ability to lower cholesterol. In particular, green tea is considered as a beverage that can supplement compounds that help lower blood cholesterol.
According to Rebecca Yellin, dietitian with Montefiore Health System, New York (USA), green tea contains antioxidants that can reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides (stored in fat cells). Green tea leaves are dried and heated to minimize fermentation and undergo less processing. As a result, green tea preserves many of the catechin antioxidants. The antioxidant activity of catechins contributes to cancer prevention, oral health promotion, and cholesterol reduction.
Follow Very Well Health (USA) Most of the studies related to the cholesterol-lowering effects of green tea clearly recognize the role of catechin extracts. Green tea helps balance cholesterol by increasing the activity of LDL receptors in the liver, blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, lowering LDL cholesterol, increasing HDL cholesterol, reducing total cholesterol.
September 2020, on Nutrition Magazine, US researchers published a review of 31 studies with more than 3,000 subjects to look at the effects of green tea on cholesterol levels. They found that green tea can lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) increases the antioxidant capacity of the blood, protecting LDL particles from oxidation. Studies suggest that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, a 31 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to the study. Heatline.
Other studies on green tea and cholesterol also demonstrate similar prospects. Specifically, research published on Journal of the American Heart Association examined the effects of tea consumption on HDL “good” cholesterol levels in more than 80,000 Chinese adults over 6 years. The study concluded that green tea drinkers had a slower rate of lowering good cholesterol than those who rarely drank tea, even though they were of the same age.
Experts recommend consistently consuming green tea every day, averaging 3-5 cups for its heart-healthy benefits. The degree of improvement in blood cholesterol varies from person to person. However, you should not only drink tea to replace exercise or skip a healthy diet, but need to combine many cholesterol-lowering factors for the best effect.
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