Green Tea and Cholesterol


By Lorraine Bevere

A green and lush oasis in the middle of a scorching dessert. A
cool breeze on a hot summer night. A bright light in the end of
a cold and dark tunnel. Green tea and cholesterol.

For the millions and millions of people suffering from high
cholesterol green tea may be that light. You can browse and
search the Internet for topics on green tea and cholesterol and
would come up with hundred of hits.

Cholesterol, triglycerides, the protein apoB in LDLs, are words
dreaded by humans of the modern age. This new century is
expected to become the century of medical miracles, the green
tea, lowly as it may sound looks very promising as several
researches have shown. This could be the decade of green tea
and cholesterol.

More good news is it’s not just green tea and cholesterol; it’s
also green tea and cancer. Several studies have shown that the
antioxidants are present in green tea. The Journal of the
National Cancer Institute published the results of an
epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea
reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women
by nearly sixty percent. Another research done by the
University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a
compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. In
another study by the University of Kansas determined that EGCG
may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is
quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are
smokers.

And more good news! It’s not just green tea and cholesterol;
it’s also green tea and high blood pressure. Habitually
drinking 5 to 10 cups a day of green tea lowers high blood
pressure.

For more that 4,000 years the Chinese have known about the
medicinal benefits of green tea since using it to treat
everything from headaches to depression. So it’s not just green
tea and cholesterol; it’s also green tea and depression!

Drinking green also is reported to be helpful with rheumatoid
arthritis, Cardiovascular disease, infection, and impaired
immune function.

Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, especially
epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a good anti-cancer
element. Polyphenol limits the negative effects of smoking and
a fatty diet.

There’s more! It’s not just green tea and cholesterol; it’s
also green tea and weight loss. The American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition published a report that found out that men
who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract
burned more calories than those given only caffeine.

How about green tea and tooth decay anyone? Its bacteria-
destroying abilities kill the bacteria that cause dental decay.
So it’s not just green tea and cholesterol, it’s also green tea
and bacteria.

Why is it that it’s green tea and cholesterol not oolong tea or
black tea? As we all know there are 3 types of tea, green,
oolong and black. All of these come from the leaves of the
Camellia sinensis plant. But why green? Green tea leaves are
steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized
while black and oolong tea leaves are made from dried or
fermented leaves, which causes loss of EGCG.

We should have learned speaking mandarin or fukien a long time
ago and got to know green tea and cholesterol lowering the
Chinese way.

There is more to green tea and cholesterol, search the web and
get to know more of the heath benefits you may get from green
tea. Does anyone know how to say green tea in Chinese?

Lorraine Bevere is well known for documenting the amazing qualities of green tea. Discover other tea “secrets” at her site http://www.fogtea.com

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