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Is regular tea as good for your heart as green tea?

Probably. Several studies show that people who drink green tea have a reduced incidence of heart attacks.

Since black tea is made by fermenting green tea leaves, you would think that green tea and black tea would be the same, and they may be. But almost all studies on tea and heart attacks have been done with green tea, probably because green tea companies support and publicize the studies. Both green and black tea contain potent antioxidants: flavinoids, polyphenols and catechins. These antioxidants block cox-2 enzymes that cause clots and block arteries. Scientists do not recommend tea to prevent heart attacks yet because there may be other variables. Tea drinkers may have fewer heart attacks because they have healthier lifestyles for other reasons.

Checked November 20, 2005

May 12th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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