Green tea can reduce incidence of atherosclerosis


Tea can also have a beneficial effect on reducing atherosclerosis. Several studies have shown that the flavonoid components of tea can significantly reduce oxidation of tissues. Green tea contains high levels of the powerful antioxidant, quercetin, as well as special flavonoids, including epicatechin and epigallocatechin 3-gallate. These flavonoids not only reduce oxidation of LDL cholesterol, but have powerful anticancer effects as well.

In one interesting study, calcification of the aorta, as seen on x-ray, was used to follow progression of atherosclerosis in a group of men and postmenopausal women. Careful analysis showed that those drinking one to two cups of tea a day reduce their risk of severe aortic atherosclerosis by 46 percent, and those drinking four cups a day reduce their risk by 69 percent.

I do caution though: never add lemon to your tea because citrate in the lemon dramatically increases aluminum absorption.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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