A clinical trial testing green tea extract is the first human study to find that a tea product lowers cholesterol. The double-blind, randomized, controlled study included 240 men and women with high cholesterol levels in China. During the 12-week trial, participants, already on a low-fat diet, were randomly chosen to receive either a placebo or 375 mg of green and black tea extracts enriched with an antioxidant found in tea called theaflavin. The results amazed lead author Dr David J. Maron, associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“Personally, I was very surprised,” Maron said. “I expected, if anything, a very slight cholesterol-lowering effect. But what we saw was a 16% reduction in LDL