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Drink Green Tea for Heart Health

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Friday, 21 February 2020 12:48 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In 1970, when Kermit the Frog originally sang "It's Not Easy Being Green," he bemoaned having to "spend each day the color of the leaves," and said it "seems you blend in with so many ordinary things/and people tend to pass you over."

But in the end, he came to embrace his green skin as precisely what he wanted to be.

That was a smart decision by Kermit, because there's a lot of power in green — green tea especially.

An analysis of almost 101,000 Chinese tea drinkers published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that over seven years, a 50-year-old who drank at least three cups of tea a week had 39% lower risk of heart disease and stroke, 56% lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 29% decreased risk of all-cause death compared with those who never or only occasionally drank tea.

Looking at a subset of more than 14,000 tea drinkers, researchers found that those who drank green tea gained around 25% more protection against heart disease, stroke, and all-cause death than those who drank black or flavored teas. 

Why is green tea the most beneficial?

For one thing, black tea is fully fermented, which oxidizes its polyphenols, making them less heart-protective.

Also, people drink black tea with milk, which may counteract any positive effects on vascular function.

So if black coffee (and its many heart-healthy benefits) is not your thing, opt for three-plus cups of green tea weekly.

Then, with apologies to Kermit, you can croon, "It's healthy being green."

© King Features Syndicate

   
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