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A 3 in 1 Punch to Fight High Cholesterol, Inflammation and Heart Disease

A study published this month in the journal Nutrition found that green tea extracts may reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and oxidative stress in as little as three weeks.

For the study, a team of researchers from the University of Florida, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Nutritional Science Research Institute in Boston recruited 52 men and 72 women between the ages of 21-70. All of the participants were considered healthy.

Each participant was randomly assigned to receive a supplement of green tea extract or a placebo for three weeks. The supplement contained 100mg of the amino acid L-theanine and 200mg of the green tea extract catechin.

At the end of the three weeks researchers found an average reduction in cholesterol of 10mg/dl for those who took the green tea supplement compared to those who took the placebo.

They also found a 42 percent decrease in amyloid-alpha, which is a marker for chronic inflammation and a 12 percent decrease in a compound called malondialdehyde, which is a marker for oxidative stress.

The researchers note that these findings can be most beneficial to people who have mild to moderate high blood pressure, elevated LDL cholesterol or elevated markers for inflammation. All of these are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Green tea has been associated with a number of other health benefits often attributed to antioxidant rich plant polyphenols contained in tea leaves. Polyphenols from tea have been shown to boost the immune system and have been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's and certain cancers and a general boost to the immune system.
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