World Heart Day 2021: Ever since the pandemic started, we all must keep our immunity strong to protect keep infections at bay. While most of us have started taking vitamin and mineral supplements for immunity, most of us have put our heart health on a back track, forgetting the importance of keeping up a routine that is good for the heart. Today's unhealthy and lethargic lifestyle - eating junk food, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or lack of exercise - may lead to the weakening of the heart, putting it at risk for coronary heart diseases. Having a strong heart may protect us from many diseases - which is why we annually celebrate World Heart Health Day. On 29th September, the World Heart Federation aims to inform the world through its global campaign about the prevalence of heart disease and the need to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Tea is one drink that is loved and enjoyed by people all over the world. We drink tea in the morning, evening, before breakfast and after dinner, in fact, any opportunity we get. We cannot take tea out of our lives, but it is important to know which tea is good for our hearts and which tea is not. Therefore, we have listed few teas that are good or bad for your heart health.
World Heart Day 2021: Teas That May Not Be Good For The Heart:
Black tea is extremely rich in antioxidants like theaflavins, thearubigins and catechins. Besides detoxifying the body, black tea may help detoxify the heart. However, it is rich in caffeine, a cup of black tea may carry half the amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee carries. Caffeine is not good for people who have high blood pressure and a fast heart rate. A study by Dr Ahmed El-Sohemy from University of Canada shows that diterpenes present in caffeine appear to increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Oolong tea is a semi-oxidised tea that may reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, it is not advised to be consumed by people who are taking blood thinners for the heart. Dr John Day, a cardiologist based in USA advises that one should talk to their doctor if they plan to drink oolong tea, especially if they take a blood thinner like Coumadin.
World Heart Day 2021: Teas That May Be Good For The Heart:
One can never go wrong with green tea. Not only does it support weight loss, but it has also added health benefits that support the heart. Green tea helps lowers LDL, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides. According to a study by Dr Yuji Naito in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, the powerful antioxidants in green tea help prevents clogging of the arteries.
According to a Delhi-based nutritionist and wellness expert, Anshul Jaibharat, chamomile can help you sleep better. A well-rested body means a healthy heart. Another added benefit is that it may help control blood sugar, a spike in blood sugar levels can be very bad for your heart. A study published in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigations says that drinking chamomile tea helped participants lower their blood sugar.
Now, you will be able to know what tea is good for your heart and what tea is bad for your heart, allowing you to make healthy choices and lead a heart-healthy life!
(Also read: 8 Most Essential Nutrients For A Healthy Heart)
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