Many people think green tea has a wide range of health benefits, especially for its role as a strong anti-oxidant  to curb cancerous cells at bay. Another benefit that people commonly perceived is to reduce blood LDL (bad cholesterol) level.

A report published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has compiled and analysed data from various research work on green tea. The compiled data showed that the effect of drinking green tea regularly in reducing LDL level is minimal. Overall, the LDL level only dropped by 2.2 mg per decilitre, a fall of just 2%. In addition, excessive drinking of green tea may cause interference with medications such as anticoagulants and the cancer drug bortezomib, the report says.

The bottom line is that green tea may help in reducing bad cholesterol level in blood but the effect is not significant.

Source: NYTimes

Advertisements