The results of a new study reveal that the intake of green tea, both as a drink and in capsules, is linked with a significant decrease in the amount of bad cholesterol.
Green tea contains catechins and polyphenolic compounds that have strong protective effects, especially on the cardiovascular system.
Scientists assembled all the data and discovered 20 random researches involving 1415 participants.
Having analyzed all the data, they concluded that
- The catechins found in green tea, if taken from 5 oz to 100 oz daily, cause a significant drop in general and bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Tea makes no effect on good cholesterol (HDL) and triglycerides.
The results show that green tea is more salubrious as a fresh drink than in capsules.
Dr. Olivia J. Phung, from the College of Pharmacy at Western University of Medical Sciences in California, write about their findings in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.