Happy (Blood) Cholesterol Tea

Ingredients: each tea bag (2000 mg) contains

Green Tea                   700 mg

Ginger                         700 mg

Gynostemma              300 mg

Hibiscus                      300 mg

Balanced cholesterol is important for Cardiovascular Health. It has been shown that drinking a tea on a daily basis, made from the blend of botanicals found in this formula, can help reduce the bad cholesterol in your blood. This tea is not meant to replace any pharmaceutical drugs you might be taking, but to ease your blood cholesterol into a more manageable range.

Drinking 2 – 6 cups of this tea daily fits into the range of use that other people have found helpful to reduce bad blood cholesterol.

Consumption of green tea on a daily basis for one year has been shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides. Ginger has been used widely in China, India and North America to help lower mild high cholesterol. Gynostemma has a long history of being used to lower blood lipids in China. Clinical studies have now proven the significant reduction of both cholesterol and triglyceride when consuming Gynostemma regularly. Clinical research has indicated that drinking hibiscus tea on a daily basis can help regulate blood cholesterol and triglyceride in as short as ninety (90) days.

More detail:

Green Tea:  Consuming 3 or more cups daily has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. The flavonoids, consumed daily for 12 weeks, cause reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.1 Cultures that drink green tea show evidence of significantly lower serum total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, and increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.

A large-scale population study in Japan showed that consuming 3 or more cups of green tea daily can significantly decrease the risk of cardiovascular events. The association appears to be primarily related to a decrease in risk for cerebral infarction (stroke). Women did better in the study than men.2 Other population studies suggest general tea consumption might protect against poor circulation to the heart, as well as reduced death rates after myocardial infarction.3,4,5,6

Ginger: Ginger is used in many cultures for cardiovascular health and to reduce cholesterol. 7,8,9

 Gynostemma Leaves: Drinking a tea of Gynostemma can decrease total cholesterol and increase the high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-to-total cholesterol ratio in patients with high cholesterol levels.10,11,12

Hibiscus: Clinical research shows that drinking tea daily for 90 days significantly improves lipid parameters compared to placebo. 13,14

References

  1. 1.     Maron DJ, Lu GP, Cai NS, et al. Cholesterol-lowering effect of a theaflavin-enriched green tea extract: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med 2003;163:1448-53
  2. Kuriyama S, Shimazu T, Ohmori K, et al. Green tea consumption and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all-cause mortality. JAMA 2006;296:1255-65
  3. Geleijnse JM, Launer LJ, van der Kuip DA, et al. Inverse association of tea and flavonoid intakes with incident myocardial infarction: the Rotterdam Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75:880-6
  4. Mukamal KJ, Maclure M, Muller JE, et al. Tea consumption and mortality after acute myocardial infarction. Circulation 2002;105:2476-81
  5. Peters U, Poole C, Arab L. Does tea affect cardiovascular disease? A meta-analysis. Am J Epidemiol 2001;154:495-503
  6. Stangl V, Lorenz M, Stangl K; The role of tea and tea flavonoids in cardiovascular health; Mol Nutr Food Res. 2006 Feb;50(2):218-28.
  7. Srivastava KC. Effect of onion and ginger consumption on platelet thromboxane production in humans. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 1989;35:183-5
  8. 8.Thomson M, Al-Qattan KK, Al-Sawan SM, et al. The use of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) as a potential anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic agent. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 2002;67:475-8
  9. Ghayur MN, Gilani AH, Afridi MB, Houghton PJ; Cardiovascular effects of ginger aqueous extract and its phenolic constituents are mediated through multiple pathways; Vascul Pharmacol. 2005 Oct;43(4):234-41. Epub 2005 Sep 12.
  10. Hu X, et al. Antilipemic effect of Gynostemma pentaphyllum in patients. Fujian Med J 1988;10:4-6.
  11. Zhou H, et al. Treatment of hyperlipidemia with Gynostemma pentaphyllum jiaogulan. Hunan Med J 1991;8:259-60
  12. Yu R, Wang DS, Zhou H; Clinical and experimental study on effects of yinchen wuling powder in preventing and treating hyperlipoproteinemia; Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1996 Aug;16(8):470-3
  13. Kuriyan R, Kumar DR, Rajendran R, Kurpad AV. An evaluation of the hypolipidemic effect of an extract of Hibiscus Sabdariffa leaves in hyperlipidemic Indians: a double blind, placebo controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med 2010;10:27

14. Chen CC, Hsu JD, Wang SF, Chiang HC, Yang MY, Kao ES, Ho YC, Wang CJ; Hibiscus sabdariffa extract inhibits the development of atherosclerosis in cholesterol-fed rabbits; J Agric Food Chem. 2003 Aug 27;51(18):5472-7

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