Health Benefit of Tea | Cholesterol

August 09, 2020

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If there is a lot of bad cholesterol in the body, it may cause cerebral infarction and arteriosclerosis.

Green tea is a beverage with the effect of lowering bad cholesterol.

In this article, I’m going to introduce some of the ingredients you can use to lower your cholesterol levels and how to take them effectively.

The risk of high cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is divided into so-called “good (HDL cholesterol)” and “bad (LDL cholesterol)”.

High levels of bad cholesterol increase the risk of serious diseases such as cerebral infarction and atherosclerosis.

This is because bad cholesterol has tendency to stick to the inside of blood vessels, making them more prone to clogging.

In other words, reducing bad cholesterol is one of the most important issues in maintaining good health.

The cause of high cholesterol

Some of the causes of high cholesterol include the following; heredity, a western-style fatty diet and lack of exercise.

In addition, men tend to have particularly high levels of bad cholesterol around age 40 to 50, and women around the time of menopause.

Green tea lowers cholesterol levels

Cholesterol causes a lot of harm to your body, but you can lower your cholesterol level by drinking green tea.

This is because green tea is rich in “epigallocatechin gallate” that lowers cholesterol levels.

Epigallocatechin gallate is a type of catechins that helps inhibit the oxidation of bad cholesterol.

As a result, blood vessels are less likely to be clogged and the risk of cerebral infarction and arteriosclerosis is reduced.

How to drink green tea to lower cholesterol levels

As mentioned above, a type of catechins plays a role in lowering cholesterol levels.

Therefore, I will introduce some ways to drink green tea that are rich in catechins.

Use hot water

Catechin is an ingredient that is easy to dissolve in hot water.

Therefore, if you drink green tea as part of your cholesterol control measures, it is a good idea to brew tea with hot water.

On the other hand, if you brew green tea with cold water, catechin won't dissolve easily, so please be careful when brewing it.

Choose Nibancha or Sanbancha.

Green tea leaves are classified as Ichibancha (first picked tea), Nibancha (second picked tea) and Sanbancha (third picked tea) depending upon the harvest time.

While Ichibancha is generally said to have good quality and aroma, it is the Nibancha and Sanbancha that provide a good dose of catechins.

This is because catechins, which are produced by the action of light, are abundant in Nibancha and Sanbancha that grows during long hours of sunlight.

So, if you want to lower your cholesterol level, I recommend you to choose Nibancha or Sanbancha, not Ichibancha.