The Heart Benefits of Green Tea

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition, Heart Health
Last Reviewed 03/07/2014

The Heart Benefits of Green Tea

I’ve written a lot about inflammation as being a chief cause of cardiovascular problems, even more critical than the difficulty many Americans have with maintaining healthy cholesterol.

But, the good news is that a lot can be done to combat this potential killer. The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

In a coronary arteriography study of nearly 400 Japanese men, those who loved their traditional green tea enough to drink at least a cup every day had a risk of heart attack significantly lower than men who were down­ing other beverages.

This study from the other side of the globe was extremely interesting. Researchers looked at the benefits of green tea, black tea, cocoa, coffee and red wine consumption and the heart. While investigators were hard-pressed to find any relationship between identifiable coronary artery disease and the dietary intake of any of these beverages, there was definitely a statistical association between the benefits of green tea and heart attack; more of the former meant less of the latter.

The important benefit of drinking green tea is its natural COX-inhibiting effect, which translates to an anti-inflammatory effect.

Other natural COX-2 inhibitors that you can easily add to your diet include healthy spices like ginger, curcumin, oregano, onion and garlic. These remarkable spices make for good overall cardiovascular nutrition.

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