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Can Black Tea Help Lower Cholesterol?

Approximately one in six adults in the United States is diagnosed with high cholesterol. A few different items are measured when one’s blood levels are tested for cholesterol: total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL- good cholesterol), and low density lipoproteins (LDL- bad cholesterol). Until recently, cholesterol medication was usually prescribed based upon the LDL level.

The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) has released new guidelines for treating increased cholesterol levels as well as preventing heart attacks. Based upon the new guidelines, more individuals qualify for statin therapy (cholesterol lowering medication). However, statin therapy and other cholesterol lowering medications can have some disturbing side effects.

In early June, an article was released that illustrated health benefits associated with consuming black tea. The results of the study indicated that consumption of black tea can lower LDL levels. Although the results were not statistically significant, the study also illustrated that black tea consumption may also be associated with lower total cholesterol levels. Further investigation showed that consumption of more than 3 cups of black tea per day may have a protective component against stroke and could also reduce all-cause mortality. Participants in the study that were at high risk for cardiovascular events (heart attack, diabetic, high cholesterol) were most likely to see a significant decrease in LDL levels.