The findings, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, showed that green tea trim 5-6 points ‘bad cholesterol’ LDL cholesterol than other drugs.
Tests performed on green tea or capsule containing compounds catechin, which is estimated to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. The study found that green tea is brewed is more effective than capsules, although the overall benefit is small enough.
Drinking a cup of green tea or taking green tea capsules regularly can reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. This conclusion is derived from a recent study in the U.S. of more than 1,000 people.
Olivia Phung senior researcher, assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California stated, “If someone is taking cholesterol medication, they should continue to drink and do not try to replace it with green tea, capsules or other drinks,” he told Reuters.
However, he added, green tea in the daily diet could be one way of reducing the amount of cholesterol.
In his study, 1415 adults were randomly assigned to drink green tea every day in the form of capsules or green tea. Much longer in the control group drank a placebo capsule, tea catechins and low water.
Trial for three weeks to six months of this finding, intake of green tea has limited benefits for those who have high cholesterol. Overall, the tea steeping seemed more effective than capsules, although Phung said not enough data to make sure that the drinks are better than the extract.
Researchers also found no strong evidence that green tea increases the “good” cholesterol HDL, or reduce blood fat triglycerides. Researchers stressed that green tea consumption should be moderate given the tea also contains caffeine which is not good for the health of some people.