Green Tea Found to Be Powerful “Bad” Cholesterol Fighter

September 10, 2011 at 3:32 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Ran across this article in several publications about my favorite healthy drink, Green Tea.

Green Tea Found to Be Powerful “Bad” Cholesterol Fighter

Is your cholesterol level high? Did you doctor tell you that the lipid panel is abnormal?  If so, meet your new best friend: Green tea. Researchers analyzed data from 14 research papers published between 1967 and 2010 and concluded that cumulatively, drinking

The green tea cultivation in Boseong, South Korea.

green tea or taking green tea supplements significantly decreased levels of total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad”) cholesterol in participants. This effect seems to hold true no matter what how much green tea consumed, for how long, or the health status of the individual. HDL (high-density lipoprotein  or “good”) cholesterol level, however, was not affected by green tea consumption.

If you have too much LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of arteries and form hard plaques in your blood vessels; this puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease. HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver where it’s packaged to be eliminated from the body. Reducing your blood lipids by 1 percent lowers chances of having a heart attack by 3 percent.

Traditionally, green tea is not fermented, which means it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and flavonoid-like polyphenol compounds including catechins. Catechins are found mostly in teas derived from the tea-plant, but fermenting the tea (such as black tea) reduces the level of these compounds.

Top five reasons to include green tea in your diet:

1. May help you curb fat and salt cravings and be useful if you are trying to lose weight.
2. Reduce  risk of gum disease.
3. Helps your skin stay younger by improving skin elasticity and fighting wrinkles.
4. May help you lose weight by replacing high-calorie beverages like sodas and juices.
5. Green tea’s mild caffeine boost can help you up your stamina during a workout.

Eating the right foods can do a number on bad cholesterol

August 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, fish, Food, fruits, vegetables | 1 Comment
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Nutrition experts have known for years that some foods, such as oatmeal, nuts and soy products, lower cholesterol.

Now, a new study shows that a diet with several of these foods can decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol significantly.

David Jenkins of St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto and colleagues recruited 345 Canadian men and women with high cholesterol. Their LDL (bad) cholesterol was an average of about 170 mg/dL at the beginning of the study.

All participants in the study were following heart-healthy diets low in saturated fat (butter, beef fat) and rich in fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains, Jenkins says. Those in the control group stuck with their healthy diets.

Others in the intervention group were taught how to incorporate four cholesterol-lowering types of foods into their eating plan, including nuts; soy products; foods rich in viscous fiber (a type of soluble fiber); and plant-sterol-enriched margarine.

Example of those on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet:

•An average of a handful of nuts a day.

•A couple of teaspoons of sterol-enriched margarine such as Take Control.

•Two servings a day of soy-protein products, such as a glass of soy milk and a soy burger.

•Two servings a day of viscous-fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal, psyllium-enriched cereals, barley and vegetables such as okra and eggplant.

The findings, after 24 weeks, are reported in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association:

•LDL cholesterol in the control group: Dropped by an average of about 3% or about 8 mg/dL.

•LDL cholesterol in the participants eating cholesterol-lowering foods: Decreased by about 13% to 14% or about 26 mg/dL.

Green tea good for your heart!

July 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Green tea good for your heart
July 18 2011 at 01:04pm

New York – Drinking green tea appears to cut “bad” cholesterol while leaving levels of good cholesterol unchanged and encouraging people to drink more of the beverage could have significant health effects, a study has shown.

The finding may explain why green tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, write Xin-Xin Zheng and colleagues from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing.

While levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol dipped, there was no change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol.

“The analysis showed that the administration of green tea beverages or extracts resulted in significant reductions in serum total

The appearance of green tea in three different stages (from left to right): the infused leaves, the dry leaves and the liquor. Notice that the infused leaves look greener than the dry leaves.

cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol concentrations, but no effect on HDL cholesterol was observed,” they said.

The research team pooled the results of 14 randomised trials in which people drank green tea or took an extract for periods ranging from three weeks to three months, or were assigned to a placebo group.

On average, green tea reduced total cholesterol by 7.2mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) compared to levels seen in those taking the placebo. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol fell by a mean of 2.2mg/dL, or slightly less than two percent.

Green tea has been linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers as well as reducing the risk of dying from pneumonia. – Reuters

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