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Drink tea to lower cholesterol

Published 25/08/2015 | 02:30

Black and green tea
Black and green tea

Many green tea devotees believe it's not just a refreshing drink but also helps protect against different diseases.

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But is there any evidence for this?

There is no evidence that drinking green tea protects against different types of cancer. A good-quality research from 2009 reviewed 51 studies involving more than 1.6m participants.

Does green tea cut cholesterol? There is increasing evidence both green and black tea are beneficial for cardiovascular disease prevention.

A good-quality review from 2013 of 11 studies involving 821 people found daily consumption of green and black tea (as a drink or a capsule) could help lower cholesterol and blood pressure thanks to tea and its catechins. But most of the trials were short term and more good quality long-term trials are needed.

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