Teas that take care of your heart
"With a healthy heart, the beat goes on " says an anonymous quote. Taking care of your heart is a gift that you give yourself. It can start with something as simple as sipping a cup of tea every other day. A study published by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (Jan 2020) says that a cup of tea can do good for your heart. The data was based on a long-term health study performed on 100,000 adults from China. On a period of seven years, their health data and behavioral information was collected which also included the amount of tea they consumed on a daily basis.
The study found out that there was 20% lower risk of a heart attack and a 22% lower risk for death because of a cardiovascular disease for those who consumed comparatively more tea than those who consumed less than 3 cups of tea in a week.
Even though these findings might not directly point to tea as the only factor behind heart health, it reinforces the fact that black tea as well as green tea have flavonoids that dampen inflammation, which is a contributor for heart diseases.
Tea consumption is widely known for improving blood vessel function and lowering cholesterol levels in the body as cited by Harvard Health Publishing in one of their online journals.
Here are some Quality teas that can take care of this precious organ of yours:
Steep that Black Tea
Highly oxidized and dark in color, the black tea has half the amount of caffeine as coffee. Regular intake of tea lowers triglyceride levels and improves the level of cholesterol. Unless the person has high levels of blood pressure or prescribed blood thinners, Black tea is a good choice for a daily beverage.
Go Green with Green Tea
With lowest to nil oxidation levels, this tea is made from young green tea leaves by withering and steaming them. It is recommended by Cardiologists as it is known to lower LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides. Because of this health of the heart is improved and incidence of death by heart attack is reduced. Rich in powerful antioxidants, green tea also lowers the accumulation of plaque in arteries which in turn prevents atherosclerosis.
Green tea benefits are well known mainly for its metabolism boosting properties. Herbal Green tea is advised by fitness experts as a natural detox tea that can be incorporated in one’s personal health regimen.
Stay calm and have Chamomile Tea
Chamomile Tea is the best herbal tea for mind. It soothes and calms the body and enhances sleep which is so important for heart patients. Sleeplessness is one of the chief complaints by people with heart issues and Chamomile herbal tea helps to address that. Chamomile, being an herbal and zero caffeine tea makes it the best herbal tea for everyone including heart patients.
Oolong Tea with oodles of benefits
Oolong tea is also known to have the same benefits of Black tea such as lowering of triglycerides and improving cholesterol. The only disclaimer is that heart patients require a go ahead from a specialist before having it on a daily basis.
Win with White Tea
White Tea is a premium tea that is made from young tea buds and is minimally processed. It is claimed to be the purest of teas ideal for heart patients. It is loaded with flavonoids that keep the arteries dilated and thereby preventing blood clots and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
So, pick your favorite flavor of tea and have a sip every other day. Its one of easiest things you can do to help your heart and thereby help yourself!