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How Much Does Green Tea Lower My Cholesterol?


Tea leaves in a bottle
Is green tea a cholesterol medicine?
A hot cup of green tea imparts a grassy flavor, gives your body a warm feeling, relaxes you, provides anti-oxidants to prevent damage from free radicals, and now, can even lower your cholesterol.

Research shows that drinking up to 10 cups of green tea a day has a significant impact on your blood cholesterol levels.1 Green tea lowers your bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) while leaving your good cholesterol (HDL) untouched. But by how much will green tea lower your cholesterol? How much protection does green tea offer from heart disease?

For every glass of green tea you drink you can expect a reduction of 0.015 milli-mols per liter (mmol/L), or 0.58 milli-grams per deciliter (mg/dL).2 That can be a little hard to grasp, so here is a graph to represent green tea's effect on your blood cholesterol levels:

Graph showing a cholesterol reduction for drinking up to 10
cups of green tea per day

This chart looks pretty impressive, however, looking at the bigger picture, green tea actually just makes a dent in our cholesterol numbers, and is in no way "a magic bullet". This graph shows the difference green tea makes in relation to risky cholesterol ranges set by the American Heart Association.3

Graph showing a cholesterol reduction for drinking up to 10
cups of green tea per day with regard to heart disease risk ranges.

The Bottom Line with Green Tea and Cholesterol

While green tea can help lower your cholesterol, it will not so greatly affect your numbers as to quickly pull you out of the high risk zones. Different foods will have a different affect on everyone. The best way to test if green tea works for you is to buy a cholesterol test kit, then test your cholesterol numbers before and after 1 month of drinking green tea every day.

If you are looking to lower your cholesterol, you should drink green tea in combination with avoiding high cholesterol foods, and also, adopting some form of daily exercise. For further reading see the article on foods which lower cholesterol.





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Comments.
Name:AJ
Subject:Caffeine
I love green tea, but will over consumption be harmful as far as caffeine in concerned? I try to eat healthy, but am wondering how my cholesterol levels are ranking. I didn't even know home testing kits were available. Thanks!
Posted on 2011-07-21 02:09:53
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Caffeine
Hi AJ, thanks for your question. You are right to worry about too much caffeine. Different people react differently to caffeine, some can drink a lot, while others can not tolerate one cup of tea. In general, if you experience frequent headaches, heart palpitations, trouble sleeping, or muscle twitches, you should stop consuming caffeine. Consult your health provider for more information about caffeine and your health.
Posted on 2011-07-21 02:15:26
Name:James Roberts
Location:California
Subject:Green Tea & Cholesterol
Nice to know green tea helps at least a little with cholesterol. It has lots of other great benefits, but don't over do it, especially if you have other sources of caffeine. cheers, James
Posted on 2011-08-01 20:42:41
Name:Nancy
Location:North Carolina
Subject:Green Tea
Would white tea have the same benefits as green tea?
Posted on 2011-10-03 04:26:17
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Green Tea
Hi Nancy, Thanks for a great question. Unfortunately the study referenced in this article focused only on green tea, and there do not appear to be any studies conducted with white tea. The reality is that different teas will have different effects on cholesterol in different people. You could buy a home cholesterol test kit and try a test. Get your initial cholesterol level, then drink 1-3 cups of white tea a day with no other changes in diet, and then test your level again after 1 month and see if you have any change. It is a challenge but it would interesting and you could share your results here!
Posted on 2011-10-03 11:20:01
Name:Shahida
Location:Bangladesh
Subject:Fat Burning???
Hi, I have to stay at office from 8am to 8pm five days a week. Most of my time passes sitting on my chair in front of the PC. That's why my lower part of my body & my lower belly is becoming bulk. I take Organic Green Tea 2 cups daily. Can you please tell me is Green Tea works as Fat Burner? How many cup should I take daily?? My hight is 5'6'' n weight is 75kg. PLEASE SUGGEST .
Posted on 2011-10-10 08:16:47
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Fat Burning???
Hi Shahida, thanks for your question and sorry to hear of your long working hours and conditions. Basically, green tea may lower cholesterol, but it is unlikely that tea will cause you to lose pounds of weight or fat. Since you have a long working day it would be best to do some form of muscle building exercise before work. You may not be accustomed to it, but even lifting 5 pound weights, doing squats, sit ups, or other exercises that build muscle will boost your metabolism burning calories even while you are sitting. This muscle building effect can cause you to turn fat into muscle which should slim your figure. As always, avoid high calorie foods, focusing instead on vegetables and fruits. Keep drinking unsweetened tea and/or water as opposed to any sugary juices or sugared teas. Use this BMI Weight Loss Calculator to set weight loss goals and reach them! Hope that helps.
Posted on 2011-10-10 09:19:51
Name:Ron Gavisk
Location:Marysville, CA 95901
Subject:Bojenmi Tea
Over 30-Years past, I failed my medical insurance exam because of my high cholesterol level, 4500, that is correct! A Chinese doctor, aged 90-years, placed me on BOJENMI Tea (No Caffine), within 2-weeks, my cholesterol level dropped to below normal, really down! I passed my insurance test! The Tea BOJENMI has no caffine! You can obtain it at Chiense Food Stores, and it helps lose wieght also! Try it! It helped me greatly! I am a retired electronic engineer! Thank you.
Posted on 2012-01-07 14:40:52
Name:Lorraine
Location:SA
Subject:High Cholesterol
I was just diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol. 9.5 in fact! I have gained extra weight over the last 2 years. My husband & I rarely if ever eat take out's (burgers, pizzas etc) We have meat perhaps once a week,(never buy fatty meat) never frozen foods, lots of stir fries of fresh veggies. My problem is chocolates, also cannot eat dark choc as it gives me migraines. I also drink at least 3 cups of green tea per day. Olive oil in salads, some cooking, I just found out that wholewheat bread apparently is not good at all! I ate no other breads but wholewheat. Can't stand eating margarine or butter but love to drink a glass of milk a day. Do I have to switch to non fat milk? I'd appreciate some guidelines. The comments I read is a great source of inspiration to me. Thanking you.
Posted on 2012-11-24 19:47:22
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: High Cholesterol
Hi Lorraine, thanks for your comment. Whole wheat bread should actually be good for you, unless you are eating too many carbs which can increase your amount of triglycerides. In general, high fiber foods are good for lowering cholesterol. Definitely switch to non-fat milk, and consider becoming vegan. This article on cholesterol lowering foods can also give you some good suggestions. Stay positive and keep trying to lower your cholesterol!
Posted on 2012-11-26 20:50:31
Name:George H
Location:Chicago
Subject:10 cups a day is too much for most people
Don't think people can or should drink this much green tea a day. Too much stimulant. Not realistic.

Also I question this study, if the chart is representative of the research, perhaps it overstated the result because the test subjects all started with a pretty high level. In other words, the result may not be the same (10%) across different level of LDL. Of course, I just raised a question, not trying to say it is wrong.

Posted on 2013-01-17 14:11:59
Name:Ade T
Location:dudley ( UK )
Subject:Caffeine
DeCaff green tea carries all the cholesterol lowering benefits etc of the caffeinated tea, the only slight difference may be fat oxidation may be slightly higher with the caffeinated tea. So go decaff its healthier anyhow...
Posted on 2013-01-24 17:25:29
Name:Linda Franco
Subject:Bojenmi Tea
How come no one touched on the comment made about Bojenmi Tea? Wonder if its true or anyone else experimented? Anyone know a reliable accurate cholesterol machine for home use?
Posted on 2013-03-23 09:13:35
Name:Don
Subject:DeCaf Green Tea
You can find caffeine free Green Tea in the Grocery store, Asian food stores, etc...just check the box before you buy your next batch.
Posted on 2013-04-14 08:14:34
Name:Jason
Subject:Links to the Science?
Really interesting article but I'd like to see the studies that support this. I suspect that there is a not a straight line relationship between drinking green tea and lowering cholesterol. Especially since it doesn't say what time period I have to drink the tea in. 16 cups in an hour, a day, a week? Either way, I'm still drinking tea and looking for the best green tea.
Posted on 2013-06-24 07:26:13
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Links to the Science
Hi Jason, thanks for your question and diligence with this. You do have to scroll down past the comments to get to the references. The original study sourced is here. Also, the time period is by day, so it is a daily cup(s) of green tea. Good luck with your search for great green tea. Matcha is likely the tea from the study, but it does not specify. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2013-06-25 10:07:30
Name:Guozhi Liu
Location:China
Subject:My experience with green tea
Hi! Really Green tea is a very good drink for health.My father got benefits of reducing his cholesterol,by taking 3-4 cups of green tea daily.It's a awesome thing,which not only reduces the cholesterol but many more disease like cancer and diabetics also prevents by Green tea.
Posted on 2014-01-23 23:55:51

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Name:AJ
Subject:Caffeine
I love green tea, but will over consumption be harmful as far as caffeine in concerned? I try to eat healthy, but am wondering how my cholesterol levels are ranking. I didn't even know home testing kits were available. Thanks!
Posted on 2011-07-21 02:09:53
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Caffeine
Hi AJ, thanks for your question. You are right to worry about too much caffeine. Different people react differently to caffeine, some can drink a lot, while others can not tolerate one cup of tea. In general, if you experience frequent headaches, heart palpitations, trouble sleeping, or muscle twitches, you should stop consuming caffeine. Consult your health provider for more information about caffeine and your health.
Posted on 2011-07-21 02:15:26
Name:James Roberts
Location:California
Subject:Green Tea & Cholesterol
Nice to know green tea helps at least a little with cholesterol. It has lots of other great benefits, but don't over do it, especially if you have other sources of caffeine. cheers, James
Posted on 2011-08-01 20:42:41
Name:Nancy
Location:North Carolina
Subject:Green Tea
Would white tea have the same benefits as green tea?
Posted on 2011-10-03 04:26:17
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Green Tea
Hi Nancy, Thanks for a great question. Unfortunately the study referenced in this article focused only on green tea, and there do not appear to be any studies conducted with white tea. The reality is that different teas will have different effects on cholesterol in different people. You could buy a home cholesterol test kit and try a test. Get your initial cholesterol level, then drink 1-3 cups of white tea a day with no other changes in diet, and then test your level again after 1 month and see if you have any change. It is a challenge but it would interesting and you could share your results here!
Posted on 2011-10-03 11:20:01
Name:Shahida
Location:Bangladesh
Subject:Fat Burning???
Hi, I have to stay at office from 8am to 8pm five days a week. Most of my time passes sitting on my chair in front of the PC. That's why my lower part of my body & my lower belly is becoming bulk. I take Organic Green Tea 2 cups daily. Can you please tell me is Green Tea works as Fat Burner? How many cup should I take daily?? My hight is 5'6'' n weight is 75kg. PLEASE SUGGEST .
Posted on 2011-10-10 08:16:47
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Fat Burning???
Hi Shahida, thanks for your question and sorry to hear of your long working hours and conditions. Basically, green tea may lower cholesterol, but it is unlikely that tea will cause you to lose pounds of weight or fat. Since you have a long working day it would be best to do some form of muscle building exercise before work. You may not be accustomed to it, but even lifting 5 pound weights, doing squats, sit ups, or other exercises that build muscle will boost your metabolism burning calories even while you are sitting. This muscle building effect can cause you to turn fat into muscle which should slim your figure. As always, avoid high calorie foods, focusing instead on vegetables and fruits. Keep drinking unsweetened tea and/or water as opposed to any sugary juices or sugared teas. Use this BMI Weight Loss Calculator to set weight loss goals and reach them! Hope that helps.
Posted on 2011-10-10 09:19:51
Name:Ron Gavisk
Location:Marysville, CA 95901
Subject:Bojenmi Tea
Over 30-Years past, I failed my medical insurance exam because of my high cholesterol level, 4500, that is correct! A Chinese doctor, aged 90-years, placed me on BOJENMI Tea (No Caffine), within 2-weeks, my cholesterol level dropped to below normal, really down! I passed my insurance test! The Tea BOJENMI has no caffine! You can obtain it at Chiense Food Stores, and it helps lose wieght also! Try it! It helped me greatly! I am a retired electronic engineer! Thank you.
Posted on 2012-01-07 14:40:52
Name:Lorraine
Location:SA
Subject:High Cholesterol
I was just diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol. 9.5 in fact! I have gained extra weight over the last 2 years. My husband & I rarely if ever eat take out's (burgers, pizzas etc) We have meat perhaps once a week,(never buy fatty meat) never frozen foods, lots of stir fries of fresh veggies. My problem is chocolates, also cannot eat dark choc as it gives me migraines. I also drink at least 3 cups of green tea per day. Olive oil in salads, some cooking, I just found out that wholewheat bread apparently is not good at all! I ate no other breads but wholewheat. Can't stand eating margarine or butter but love to drink a glass of milk a day. Do I have to switch to non fat milk? I'd appreciate some guidelines. The comments I read is a great source of inspiration to me. Thanking you.
Posted on 2012-11-24 19:47:22
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: High Cholesterol
Hi Lorraine, thanks for your comment. Whole wheat bread should actually be good for you, unless you are eating too many carbs which can increase your amount of triglycerides. In general, high fiber foods are good for lowering cholesterol. Definitely switch to non-fat milk, and consider becoming vegan. This article on cholesterol lowering foods can also give you some good suggestions. Stay positive and keep trying to lower your cholesterol!
Posted on 2012-11-26 20:50:31
Name:George H
Location:Chicago
Subject:10 cups a day is too much for most people
Don't think people can or should drink this much green tea a day. Too much stimulant. Not realistic.

Also I question this study, if the chart is representative of the research, perhaps it overstated the result because the test subjects all started with a pretty high level. In other words, the result may not be the same (10%) across different level of LDL. Of course, I just raised a question, not trying to say it is wrong.

Posted on 2013-01-17 14:11:59
Name:Ade T
Location:dudley ( UK )
Subject:Caffeine
DeCaff green tea carries all the cholesterol lowering benefits etc of the caffeinated tea, the only slight difference may be fat oxidation may be slightly higher with the caffeinated tea. So go decaff its healthier anyhow...
Posted on 2013-01-24 17:25:29
Name:Linda Franco
Subject:Bojenmi Tea
How come no one touched on the comment made about Bojenmi Tea? Wonder if its true or anyone else experimented? Anyone know a reliable accurate cholesterol machine for home use?
Posted on 2013-03-23 09:13:35
Name:Don
Subject:DeCaf Green Tea
You can find caffeine free Green Tea in the Grocery store, Asian food stores, etc...just check the box before you buy your next batch.
Posted on 2013-04-14 08:14:34
Name:Jason
Subject:Links to the Science?
Really interesting article but I'd like to see the studies that support this. I suspect that there is a not a straight line relationship between drinking green tea and lowering cholesterol. Especially since it doesn't say what time period I have to drink the tea in. 16 cups in an hour, a day, a week? Either way, I'm still drinking tea and looking for the best green tea.
Posted on 2013-06-24 07:26:13
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Links to the Science
Hi Jason, thanks for your question and diligence with this. You do have to scroll down past the comments to get to the references. The original study sourced is here. Also, the time period is by day, so it is a daily cup(s) of green tea. Good luck with your search for great green tea. Matcha is likely the tea from the study, but it does not specify. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2013-06-25 10:07:30
Name:Guozhi Liu
Location:China
Subject:My experience with green tea
Hi! Really Green tea is a very good drink for health.My father got benefits of reducing his cholesterol,by taking 3-4 cups of green tea daily.It's a awesome thing,which not only reduces the cholesterol but many more disease like cancer and diabetics also prevents by Green tea.
Posted on 2014-01-23 23:55:51

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References

  1. Original Paper from the Study
  2. Cholesterol Conversion from Vin.com
  3. About Cholesterol Levels from the American Heart Association