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Green Tea Benefits Heart Health

Friday, January 21st, 2011

One of the great things about green tea is that there is no dispute that it is good for you. There has been so much research studying green tea that there is no doubt that the abundance of antioxidants found in this healthy beverage promote a whole range of natural benefits. There are now literally 100’s of papers published that support the health benefits of green tea, and heart health is one of these fundamental benefits.

The results of large-scale studies clearly show that those who drink green tea daily are considerably less likely to develop heart disease and all of its symptoms than those who do not drink green tea, or drink it infrequently. The results of one such study, conducted by Y. Mineharu, was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Y. Mineharu and colleagues studied the drinking habits of over 70,000 people in an effort to find a correlation between drinking caffeine-based beverages and heart disease. They discovered that men who drink green teas and oolong teas daily were 38% less likely to die of heart disease, and women were 22% less likely.

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Researchers state that it is the antioxidants in green tea called polyphenols that produce the heart healthy benefits of this drink. Polyphenols help protect LDL cholesterol in our blood stream from oxidative damage, and this is important for the health of the main arteries leading to the heart. Once LDL cholesterol falls victim to oxidative damage it binds to the artery wall, and as this process continues the LDL cholesterol builds into a plaque. This plaque is arteriosclerosis, a health condition that is the #1 cause of heart disease!

Plaque in the arteries decreases the amount of room for blood flow, reducing the amount of blood that moves through the heart, if it gets bad enough a heart attack will result. Limited blood flow also increases blood pressure levels because the heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body. In addition to this, plaque build-ups also harden the arteries, taking away their elasticity and natural ability to expand and contract. When this elasticity is compromised, blood pressure level rise significantly.

So it is then no surprise then that many studies show that drinking green tea helps lower high blood pressure, slows down or even reverses arteriosclerosis and lowers high blood cholesterol levels. Based on the results of these health tea studies, it is recommend to drink 2 or 3 cups daily for the best green tea benefits for the heart.