The 5 best infusions and teas to lower your cholesterol levels
High cholesterol levels can lead to serious health problems. Too much cholesterol in the blood can create blockages, leading to cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks and strokes.
Are you a tea lover? Here is a good news for you. There are several infusions and teas that can help you reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and prevent your heart health.
Infusions and teas to control cholesterol.
Before starting the list of the best infusions and teas to control cholesterol, it is important to clarify that their consumption should not replace any pharmacological treatment and should be used as a complementary to medication.
1.- Dandelion Tea
Dandelion tea reduces liver damage and lower cholesterol. It helps to remove excess fluid from the body, which when overweight often lingers in the cells, interfering with healthy metabolic processes.
How to prepare dandelion tea: 1-2 tablespoon of dried leaves. Then pour hot water and let stand for 10 minutes.
We should avoid consuming this tea if you are hypersensitive, if you suffer from intestinal obstruction or if you are pregnant.
2.- Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is a flowering plant in the ginger family. Its scientific name is Curcuma longa.
It helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, thanks to its antioxidant properties.
How to make turmeric tea? 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 150 ml of boiling water and let it stand for 10 minutes.
Its consumption is not recommended for patients who are taking anticoagulant medications.
3.- Matcha Tea
Matcha is a type of green tea made from whole, powdered tea leaves. It’s cultivated from plants that have a very precise and regimented growing process, and is made from Camellia Sinensis, the same plant as white, green, black and oolong teas.
How to prepare Matcha: Sift 1-2 teaspoons into a cup using a small sifter. Then add hot water and whisk until the tea is frothy.
4.- Green Tea
Green Tea plant contains a range of healthy compounds. Is rich in polyphenols, which are natural compounds that have health benefits, such as reducing inflammation. It is a natural antioxidant.
It is one of the best known teas. At Raices de la Tierra you will find a wide variety of green tea such as: Cherry Sencha Green Tea and Green Tea with Jasmine flowers.
How to prepare Green Tea: Heat water to 80-85ºC. Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of hot water over the tea bag. If you want to make more than 1 cup of green tea, consider placing 2 or 3 bags in a teapot. Then, steep the tea for 3 minutes. If you have a small plate, place this on top of the teacup to prevent the steam from escaping and cooling the tea. Remove the tea bad and ship the green tea. If you want you can flavor it with a little honey or lemon.
It is not recommended during pregnancy.
5.- Red Tea
It’s called red tea or rooibos. It is called “red” because of infusions or blends of herbs that give it a red colour. It is cultivated and harvested in only one small area of the world: South Africa´s Cederberg Mountains region.
Red tea is almost 25% higher in minerals than green tea and also has more tannins than green tea. The higher tannings in a tea, the more astringent the tea will taste and the higher the antioxidants.
How to prepare red tea: Fill your kettle with water and bring to a boil. Pour the water over the tea, cover if in a pot and steep for 5-7 minutes for red tea bags and full red tea leaves. Remove the tea bag and let it cool for a moment.
It is not recommended during pregnancy, neither to people who suffers from insomnia and gastritis.
From Raices de la Tierra, we hope that this article helps you to know which are the infusions and teas to control cholesterol. Remember that their consumption is not miraculous and that by themselves they will not help you lower your cholesterol levels. But these teas and infusions, together with the necessary medication and a low cholesterol diet, will help you.