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- 1) They theorized that the 1.2 liters of green tea that is consumed by many Asians each day provides high levels of polyphenols and other antioxidants.
- 2) They pointed to what they called an "Asian paradox," which refers to lower rates of heart disease and cancer in Asia despite high rates of cigarette smoking.
- 3) In May 2006, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine weighed in on the issue with a review article that looked at more than 300 studies on the health benefits of green tea.
- 4) These compounds may work in several ways to improve cardiovascular health.
- 5) Specifically, green tea may prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” type), which, in turn, can reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries, the researchers wrote.