A Sip For A Healthy Heart

India is one of the leading countries in cardiovascular health problems.  Studies have reported that hypertension, lipid abnormalities, smoking, obesity, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, low vegetable & fruit intake, and psychosocial stress are important risk factors in the development of heart disease.  However, all these are modifiable risk factors that are under our control. 

 

The non-modifiable risk factors that we don’t have a control over are age, gender and genes. 

In this kind of situation, it becomes important to control the modifiable risk factors that affect our heart.  Dietary factors that have a major influence on heart health are fat, sodium and sugar.  This does not mean that other nutrients are not connected to heart health. 

Flavonoids present in tea are known for their health benefits.  These natural plant chemicals are believed to have anti-inflammatory effects.  EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which is a bio-active polyphenol in tea has been shown to have multiple benefits. 

 

There is evidence to show that green tea consumption can improve endothelial function.  A study which followed over 40000 Japanese participants between the ages of 40 and 79 for 11 years concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes including cardiovascular disease.  The participants who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying especially from cardiovascular disease than those who drank less than one cup of tea per day. 

 

This study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association in 2006.  Another advantage with green tea is that it contains relatively smaller amounts of caffeine when compared to coffee. 

 

The bottom line? Now, lowering cardiovascular disease can be as easy as drinking green tea. So, when are you brewing your cuppa?

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