A recent review of several published studies has found that drinking green tea or taking a green tea extract is linked to reductions in total and LDL-cholesterol; however, there was no effect on the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) or triglycerides.
The researchers from Western University in Pomona, California, published the findings in the November issue of the
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
. They decided to use a pooled analysis of different studies simply because individual studies using green tea were too small to draw any significant conclusions.
By pooling evidence from a number of trials, they could more confidently examine the relationship between the consumption of green tea antioxidants and changes in levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides.
They ended up analyzing 20 randomized controlled trials, involving a little more than 1,400 people. After pooling the data, their analysis returned the following results:
The researchers were careful to warn that people shouldn’t stop taking their cholesterol-lowering medications and switch to green tea. Obviously, more large-scaled, multi-centered clinical studies are needed before green tea can be considered as a legitimate treatment option. But, hey, let’s not let that detract from the results. So far it’s certainly looking very promising.
What Else Can Green Tea Do?
If you really want to do something good for your body, add green tea to your daily routine. If drinking tea isn’t your thing, then consider adding a green tea extract to your supplement regimen. You’ll reap the benefits from head to toe!