According to a new study, green tea may help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol by a few points.
If you aren't already drinking green tea because of its cancer-fighting or weight-controlling properties, scientists have found yet another reason to brew a cup: lower cholesterol. According to a new study, green tea may help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol by a few points, too.
While the change in LDL levels wasn't huge, researchers found that green tea shaved five to six points off people's total and LDL cholesterol numbers. Published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the findings aren't strong enough to tell people to go off of their cholesterol medication, but they are encouraging. Researchers believe that green-tea compounds called catechines help to decrease cholesterol absorption in the gut.
While a cup of green tea may help with cholesterol, researchers urge people to also eat plenty of high-fiber grains, fruits and vegetables, which also help. People should also limit their intake of saturated fats and instead choose healthy fats from olive oils, avocados, nuts and fish.
Are you a green-tea drinker? How's your cholesterol?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.