Tea, whether black, green, white, or other manifestations of the plant, has been found more and more recently to help with your health. It is known to have antioxidant properties, to help burn calories, and to protect against cancer and heart disease. A new research review shows how tea can help your heart.
Research reviews consist of looking at pooled results of earlier individual studies on a given topic. This one examined the effects of black and green tea on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. As it finds in the study, Black tea consumption is associated with the significant lowering in LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, and blood pressure. Green tea consumption is associated with declines in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure. When both types of tea were looked at together, researchers found that there were significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure.
Most research on tea finds that increased potential benefit happens with increased consumption. Because tea contains much less caffeine than coffee, drinking several cups a day usually doesn’t have as many bad affects as over drinking coffee. It should be noted that these benefits were found for green and black tea, made from tea leaves. It has not been found that herbal teas could have this positive effect.
This is great reason to keep drinking tea, and a good amount of it every day. You can even use the less caffienated Green Tea to give you a healthy heart. While this is just a study, it is one more reason to “heart” tea all of the more.