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Is it possible that a daily cup of tea may protect you against cardiovascular disease.
Recent studies have shown that regular tea drinkers have a lower risk of developing arterial stiffness in the heart, which has been linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Further studies have indicated with evidence that drinking several cups of tea helps in reducing high cholesterol and consequently cutting down the risk of possible heart diseases.
The Flavonoid Flavour
Tea is a major source of flavonoids, which act as potent antioxidants that neutralize the body’s naturally occurring, but cell-damaging free radical molecules. Research has shown that tea flavonoids may help promote heart health by improving blood vessel and endothelial function, and by improving cholesterol levels.
High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. It can lead to a build-up of plaque in the artery walls and narrow the arteries. Black tea may help reduce the risk of heart disease by helping maintain healthy function of the endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels. Phytochemicals in tea may increase the arteries ability to dilate and this improves coronary vessel function.
Black or Green?
Daily tea consumption has been shown to lower the risk of having a heart attack and to improve the likelihood of surviving after having a heart attack. While much of the strongest research support for tea’s potential to contribute to heart health has focused on black tea, new research has shown that green tea also offers cardiovascular benefits.
Most of the polyphenols in green tea are in the form of flavonoids, specifically known as catechins, the plant chemicals responsible for green tea’s heart-healthy properties. Green Tea catechins also work together to lower cholesterol. Black tea may not have as many polyphenols as its green counterpart, but the changes in its polyphenols during the oxidation process produce a set of unique compounds called tannins that have their own heart-health benefits.
While all four types of tea known as true teas- white, green, oolong, and black, offer myriad health benefits, most studies show that black and green teas are the best varieties for your heart.
Just tea is not enough
When it comes to health benefits, the type of tea you drink matters, as do any medications you might be taking. You also have to consider your individual caffeine sensitivity. While drinking tea may aid you in your battle against heart disease, the most important factors are your diet and lifestyle. So eat healthy, work out and then grab a refreshing cup of tea to boost your cardiovascular health.