The brew you must drink for good heart health and to beat choleterol and blood sugar problems.& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Longevity is that elixir that everyone is in search of, for their loved ones, if not for themselves.
- But long life, especially healthy ageing, does not come magically out of thin air or a magic wand.
- One ought to wisely choose what to eat, drink, when and how to exercise, and the socio-psychological milestones to achieve.
The elements that constitute longevity have long eluded medical experts worldwide. But we now know that evading illness is key and that foods we ingest can shield us against disease. We are, after all, what we eat. So we must be careful about ingesting and drinking food items that science has found helpful in preserving cognitive function and prolonging life when consumed regularly.
Longevity may seem beyond your control, but many healthy habits may lead you to a ripe, old age. These include eating or drinking healthy foods and in moderation, exercising, getting enough sleep, avoiding smoking, having a social circle to laugh and cry with, and limiting your alcohol intake. Taken together, these habits can boost your health and put you on the path to a long life.
The amazing effects of green tea:
Antioxidants boost life-prolonging effects because they rid the body of harmful substances. But some antioxidants, such as those found in green tea are more potent than others. The aim, after all, is not to just live longer, but also to do so with mobility, vital organs, mental and physical heal — all intact and in good working condition.
Health experts have hailed the health benefits of green tea for centuries. Studies suggest that consuming green tea may positively affect skin health, help with weight loss, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
What makes tea a health-promoting drink? All tea types, except herbal, are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea. Green tea is made from unoxidised leaves and is one of the least processed types of tea. Now you know how and why green tea has the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
The Ohsaki study and Green tea’s longevity-boosting properties:
Have you heard of the “Green Tea Consumption and Mortality Due to Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, and All Causes in Japan — The Ohsaki Study“? This study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network) which is a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The study set out to investigate the associations between green tea consumption and all-cause and cause-specific mortality and suggested, in conclusion, derived that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to cardiovascular disease.
The study followed over 40,000 Japanese participants aged 40–79 for 11 years, starting in 1994. It found that the participants who drank at least five cups of green tea per day had a reduced risk of mortality due to cardiovascular disease.
Another study on Green tea and heart-health benefits:
A 2016 meta-analysis of research into green tea and cardiovascular disease published by the International Journal of Cardiology added to the suggestion that this brew aids heart and overall health. A total of nine studies involving 259,267 individuals were included in the analysis. The researchers concluded that the consumption of green tea was associated with favourable outcomes regarding the risk of cardiovascular and ischemic related diseases.
The credibility of findings has been bolstered by separate reviews from 2017 and 2019, not to mention tons of other studies that add to it. It is well-documented that green tea contains polyphenols that help it lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, and improve epithelial function, which can help reduce heart disease risk in people with excess weight or obesity.
Beat the bad cholesterol to LIVE LONGER, drink green tea:
A 2011 review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition under the study titled: “Green tea intake lowers fasting serum total and LDL cholesterol in adults: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials“, it is stated that researchers at the Key Laboratory for Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics and Sino-German Laboratory for Molecular Medicine set out to identify and quantify the effect of green tea and its extract on total cholesterol (TC), LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol. They found that consuming green tea, either as a beverage or in capsule form, was linked to significant but modest reductions in total low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.