Green Tea Intake Lowers LDL and Total Cholesterol Levels
In a review and meta-analysis of studies investigating the effects of green tea and its extract on total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol, results of 14 randomized, controlled trials involving 1,136 subjects were analyzed and results showed that consumption of green tea was associated with significant reductions in total cholesterol concentration (by 7.20 mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol concentration (by 2.19 mg/dL). No significant change in HDL cholesterol was found. These results suggest that consumption of green tea or green tea extract may exert beneficial effects on cholesterol levels.
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