A new study found supplementing with Green Tea Extract may lower both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels in post-menopausal women. The cholesterol lowering effects of the Green Tea Extract was even stronger in women whose total cholesterol at baseline (the onset of the study) where high.
Over 1000 women participated in this randomized controlled study. Participants were randomly assigned to take the Green Tea extract or a placebo. The study lasted 1 year. 936 women ended up completing the study. A 2.1% reduction in total cholesterol and a 4.1% reduction in LDL cholesterol were seen in the group taking the Green Tea Extract in comparison to increases of .7% in total cholesterol levels and .9% in LDL cholesterol levels in women taking the placebo.
One of the phytonutrients in the Green tea, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), is believed to be the most bioactive catechin in Green Tea and most likely to be responsible for Green Extract’s hypolipidemic effect.
Make sure your Green Tea Extract is standardized to at least 50% Catechins. Standardization assures you are getting the same dosage in every capsule or tablet of the phytonutrient in the herb that gives that herb it’s beneficial properties.
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