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Tea Protects the Heart

Thursday, 18 October 2012 09:16 AM

Special chemicals in teas, called catechins, have been shown to protect the cardiovascular system. Unlike statins and other drugs, the catechins in tea reduce atherosclerosis risk by a number of mechanisms that all work together.
For example, catechins can prevent excessive iron buildup, reduce iron and copper toxicity, neutralize free radicals, reduce lipid peroxidation, reduce abdominal obesity, correct blood lipids, strengthen the walls of blood vessels (especially microvessels), and control carbohydrate metabolism and absorption.
There is a strong link between obesity, hypertension, depression, insulin resistance, and poor cardiovascular health. (For the latest information on how to protect your heart, see my report "New Heart Revelations.")
Wide-ranging research has exhibited the benefits of catechins in white and green tea. For instance, studies in Japan show that drinking five to six cups of green tea a day reduces the risk of heart attack deaths by 26 percent and stroke deaths by an incredible 51 percent.
A Chinese study found that habitual green tea drinkers reduced their risk of developing hypertension by 46 percent. Those who drank the largest amount experienced a whopping 65 percent reduction in risk.
As most people know, hypertension is a major risk factor for strokes. A catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in green and white tea reduces both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity within blood vessels.
Animals given EGCG extract experienced a significant reduction in triglyceride levels. The extract also reduced absorption of sugar and fats from the gut and reduced body fat content in the animals. Other studies found a reduction in total cholesterol, elevation of HDL-cholesterol and tea can improve your health in many ways. To learn more, read my report "Miracle Tea."
In an animal model of a heart attack, giving EGCG after the attack significantly reduce heart damage and reduced inflammation in the heart muscle, a leading cause for heart failure. Another study found that enlargement of the heart (a condition called hypertrophy) caused by elevated blood pressure was significantly reduced if animals were given EGCG extract.
Finally, a large study of Japanese people found that drinking six or more cups of green tea a day reduced the overall risk of developing diabetes by 33 percent. The benefits in women were the most impressive and were directly related to how much tea was consumed per day:
• 1 to 2 cups reduced risk 21 percent
• 3 to 5 cups reduced risk 39 percent
• 6 or more cups reduced risk an incredible 51 percent.
Of course, six cups of tea a day is a lot to drink. To make it easier, you can either take EGCG capsules or use several bags of the tea to make it more concentrated. Drink two to three cups of this concentrated white tea a day.
White tea has higher levels of the beneficial catechins and essentially no fluoride or aluminum.
Based on these studies, I would suggest that you drink at least three cups of strong white tea three times a day.
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