Green Tea and Cholesterol
Protect Against LDL Damage

A green tea and cholesterol study found that the beverage reduces LDL cholesterol, and protects against free radical damage.

A 1999 study of green tea and triglycerides conducted by the Hong Kong University found that drinking the human equivalent of 3 or more cups of green tea a day reduced triglycerides and cholesterol in (mice?).

This has now been confirmed by the following 2005 Japanese study.

2005 Japanese Study

38 healthy Japanese men consumed 690 milligrams of green tea catechin extract a day for 12 weeks. The scientists found that green tea extract reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) .

In addition, their LDL cholesterol was significantly less damaged by free radicals. This protects them from cardiovascular diseases, as well as from atherosclerotic plaque that develops when cholesterols circulating in the bloodstream are damaged or oxidised.

It was also found that the green tea extract helped burn fat. Their body weight, body-mass-index, waist circumference, body fat mass and subcutaneous fat area were significantly less compared to the control group.

This study was carried out in Japan and published in the Am Journal  Clinical Nutrition in January 2005.

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