The studies related to the benefits of Green Tea have been linked to the so called ‘French paradox’. For many years researchers had been puzzled by the fact that the French have lower rates in heart diseases than the Americans, in spite of their fatty diets.
The key answer turned out to lie in red wine, which contains a polyphenol that inhibits the negative effects of fatty diets and of smoking.
In a study that was conducted in 1977, researchers working at Kansas University found out that the EGCG contained in Green Tea is twice as effective as the polyphenols contained in wine. This may also explain why the rate of fatal disease among Japanese men is very low, even though about 75% of Japanese men are smokers.
Green Tea improves blood circulation thus preventing such diseases as heart attack, arteriosclerosis and stroke, and can remove many of the risk factors of heart diseases.
Heart attack is caused by the presence of clots in arteries. This usually happens to smokers and people with high blood pressure or who are on fatty diets. The clots that are caused by a high rate in cholesterol are the main risk factor.
Cholesterol is a substance contained in animal fats that is taken into the body through food.
Recent studies have shown that drinking four cups of Green Tea every day regulates the level of cholesterol in the blood. Results are visible in about one month only!
A better effect can be obtained if we drink Green Tea during meals, as it further reduces the percentage of fats that is metabolized by the blood.
A diet rich in fats promotes the build-up of cholesterol and thus the formation of clots and atherosclerosis. Clots stop the blood flow and weaken arteries thus providing inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscle and to the brain.
At least four cups of Green Tea can inhibit the formation of clots and can therefore prevent damage to the arteries as well as improving hypertension.
In the long run Green Tea can help to regulate artery pressure.