Let’s talk about tea.
Tea is the second-most popular drink in the world, after plain old water. In other words, it’s the most popular drink that you don’t literally have to drink to stay alive. It can be served hot or cold, and you can drink it during any time of the day. Since tea is so popular, it can be found basically anywhere and there are so many different varieties that it should be easy to find a type of tea that you like drinking.
So why are we talking about tea? Because drinking tea can help control your cholesterol levels on the cheap. As mentioned above, there are countless different types of tea, so let’s get specific about what kinds of tea you should drink to lower your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels and raise your “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels.
Green tea (unfermented tea) has been shown to lower LDL levels and raise HDL levels, making it an excellent choice for controlling your cholesterol. It has been shown to lower LDL levels in not just healthy men, but it has also shown that benefit for smokers. If you smoke and are looking to lower your LDL levels, pick up some green tea the next time you go to the store. Even if you don’t smoke, green tea is a good choice because of its effects on both LDL and HDL.
Oolong tea (partially fermented tea), a traditional type of tea in China, has benefits for cholesterol as well. When the antioxidants in oolong tea were given to animals, their LDL levels lowered. Oolong tea comes in all sorts of varieties, from white peach to black dragon, so if you don’t like unfermented or fully fermented tea, give oolong a shot.
Pu-erh Tea (A Type Of Black Tea)
Pu-erh tea, which is a special type of black tea (fully fermented tea) that comes from China, has also been shown to lower LDL levels. There is also some evidence that pu-erh tea raises HDL levels, though the LDL research is more proven. If you like the taste of fully fermented tea, go for pu-erh tea to control your cholesterol.
Go Forth and Brew!
As explained above, several different types of tea can help you rein in your cholesterol levels by lowering LDL and raising HDL. This means that no matter what your tastes are, you should be able to find a type of tea that works for you. Since tea is usually very cheap, this also means you can experiment until you find the perfect flavor for you.
Once you’ve found your preferred tea and stocked up on boxes of it, controlling your cholesterol levels is as easy as boiling some water and dropping in a tea bag. Whether you want to lower your LDL or raise your HDL, there is a tea out there waiting for you. Go find it, and happy drinking!