Green tea cholesterol research has shown that green tea protects against high cholesterol in 7 different ways:
How much daily green tea?
Most green tea cholesterol research shows that benefits become most noticeable with daily intake of 5 cups daily.
Benefits seem to level off at 10 cups daily (Tokunaga, 2002).
For people who find drinking 5 cups of green tea daily inconvenient, benefits are the same with green tea extract from supplements.
Get your blood test numbers
Only a blood test can give you an accurate measurement for your blood cholesterol. Tests are available through any licensed health care practitioner, and at some health fairs.
Just like your body weight, your cholesterol needs to be kept in a healthy range. While too much can be deadly, too little can also be dangerous. The range for healthy cholesterol numbers is currently around 160-240, or staying just below 200.
Remember, you have 60,000 miles (96,500 km) of blood vessels to clean out and keep repaired. Improving your whole body will take time. The best way to gain long-term health improvements is to improve your daily lifestyle choices.
Lifestyle choices count
While adding daily green tea cholesterol protection is safe, convenient, and has multiple benefits for healthy people, it is only one part of a healthy plan to fight high cholesterol.
The FDA recommends daily soluble fiber from oats or barley in your diet as a heart healthy addition.
The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends dietary changes as a primary health strategy for preventing and treating high cholesterol. They recommend restricting high cholesterol foods, and high saturated fat food, as well as avoiding trans fat foods.
Also, a healthy plan to fight cholesterol can include increasing daily exercise, managing stress, stopping smoking,
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This page last updated by Sharon Jones on November 11, 2012
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