07 Jul '11, 5am

Green tea lowers cholesterol risk, but only a little: Study

NEW YORK - Drinking green tea appears to cut "bad" cholesterol while leaving levels of good cholesterol unchanged, and encouraging people to drink more of the beverage could have significant health effects, according to a study. The finding may explain why green tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, write Xin-Xin Zheng and colleagues from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. While levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol dipped, there was no change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol. "The analysis ... showed that the administration of green tea beverages or extracts resulted in significant reductions in serum total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol concentrations, but no effect on HDL cholesterol was observed," they wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The research team pooled the results of 14 randomised t...

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