The power of tea (why it promotes a healthy heart)

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The power of tea (why it promotes a healthy heart)
Tea (especially the green variety) is one of the favorite drinks of preventive cardiologist Joel K. Kahn. In this article, he explains the healthy benefits of drinking (green) tea and how you can make and drink tea in the healthiest way according to scientific studies.

The healthy benefits of (green) tea

Unlike soda, tea comes from a plant. As a result, it is a rich source of plant compounds – called flavonoids – that help neutralizes oxidation in the body. In fact, green tea is the best food source for a specific type of flavonoids called catechins

These substances protect our cells, just like certain additives to gasoline ensure that the engine runs smoothly. And test-tube research has shown that catechins are more potent than vitamins C, E, and other antioxidants.

Green, black and wulung tea [dark Chinese tea – transl.] contribute to the reduction of heart disease in various ways, including by:

  • Halt the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
  • Improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Preventing food cholesterol from entering the bloodstream.
  • Regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Relieve inflammation.

No wonder researchers from the Netherlands found that people who drink six cups of tea a day have a 36 percent lower risk of heart disease than people who drink one cup or less a day and that other researchers found that countries where the most tea is drunk the least. cases of type 2 diabetes.

Tips for an optimal, healthy tea

The power of tea (why it promotes a healthy heart)

To get the most out of tea, follow this advice:

  • Drink one or more cups of tea a day. Every cup of tea you drink benefits your heart, so start with whatever amount is feasible for you. If you don’t drink tea, one cup a day is a good start. If you already drink tea, try to drink three cups a day, one with every meal. If you already drink three cups of tea, don’t hesitate to go for all six by making tea one of your standard drinks. When I walk out the door with a hot mug in hand, it’s usually full of green tea, often with a splash of rice milk.
  • Let your tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes. This increases the number of catechins.
  • Drink unsweetened tea. If you don’t like the taste of tea, spice it up with lemon, mint, or orange.
  • Drink freshly brewed tea if you can. Bottled and instant teas contain fewer catechins but are still much better than a soft drink sweetened with sugar.
  • If you are going to eat at a restaurant, ask for unsweetened iced tea. A fantastic drink that most restaurants and even some fast-food chains offer.

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