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Protect Your Heart With The Antioxidant POWER of Green Tea

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES


Green tea has been used for thousands of years to improve health and vitality in Asian and Chinese populations.

This could be why they live longer and have lower risks for cardiovascular disease than their western counterparts.

In fact, drinking five or more cups per of green tea per day, could drastically improve your health and increase your longevity.

Green tea contains powerful antioxidants which could improve health by lowering cholesterol, encouraging weight management, and relaxes smooth muscle in your veins and arteries.

And this could help in the prevention of heart disease.

Heart disease is the number one killer in both men and women.

However, green tea could improve heart health and other health parameters.

In honor of Go Red Day, we have some helpful information on the powers of Green tea and heart disease.

Let me explain…

Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women of all ethnic and age groups.

Most women may not even know they have heart disease.

In 2006, over 315,000 women died from heart disease.

Overall, 616,000 men and women (a 1 in 4 ratio) will die from heart disease.

Heart disease is commonly referred to as a “mans” disease, however, it is not a gender-specific disease.

In fact, heart disease affects as many women as it does men.

Most women who die from heart disease, may not exhibit common symptoms (chest pain, chest tightness, numbness in the left arm) associated with heart attacks.

Many women feel that they are not susceptible to heart disease.

However, all women, no matter your age or ethnicity, need to be screened and tested for heart disease.

Here are some ways to reduce your risk:

• Screenings for blockages associated with strokes or heart disease

• Lowering your LDL cholesterol and raising your HDL cholesterol

• Lowering your blood pressure

• Incorporating a lower sodium diet

• Increasing your physical activity

Changing certain aspects of your lifestyle can potentially lead to significant improvements in your health.

Increasing your intake of antioxidants could lead to a reduction in your inflammation levels, which could decrease your risk factors.

Green Tea and Heart Disease

Green tea is a powerful health drink, which has been used for thousands of years for promoting health.

In fact, this powerful drink can be linked to the longevity exhibited by the Asian and Chinese populations.

Green tea contains catechins, or powerful antioxidants, which can potentially reduce damage caused by free radicals.

And this could reduce inflammation found in your body.

Also, the catechins found in green tea could have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombogenic effects, and have the ability to lower lipids (cholesterol) found in your blood.

Also, green tea may improve vascular tone.

EGCG, a powerful antioxidant found in green tea, could improve blood flow by stimulating the release of nitric oxide from your cell wall.

This would enable the walls of your arteries to relax, creating a much smoother pathway for your blood to flow.

This could potentially lower your blood pressure.

EGCG also could have the ability to suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines from being released in your body.

Suppressing these cytokines, EGCG could reduce inflammation, due to its antioxidant power.

Unlock the Ancient Power Of Green Tea

Green tea contains powerful antioxidants and polyphenols, like EGCG, which could improve your health and wellness.

The antioxidants may improve heart health, aid in weight management and improve the health of your vascular system.

And this could reduce your risk factors for developing heart disease.

Including green tea or green tea supplements and extracts could improve your health and wellness.

And this could increase your longevity for years to come!


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