The Cardiovascular Virtues of Green Tea

Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition

In my newsletter, Heart, Health, and Nutrition, 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. For example…

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 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 green tea and heart attack; more of the former meant less of the latter.

The important property you get from a soothing cup of 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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