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HOT Tea consumption is inversely associated with weight & markers for metabolic syndrome

July 17, 2012

Metabolic Syndrome:

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors — high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, and fat — that increases risk of heart disease and diabetes. Diet, exercise, and medications help to improve the above conditions.

PURPOSE:

Tea (Camellia sinensis) is a beverage consumed in many parts of the world. Recent investigations  have suggested the potential health benefits of tea and have been reported widely on this website.  

Camilla sinensis (Green Tea) is used as a key ingredient in The Wise Herb Company range of infusions.

A study by Vernarelli & Lambert studied the association between tea consumption (evaluating hot and iced tea independently) and markers for metabolic syndrome in adults (a sample of 6,472 people).

RESULTS:

Hot tea consumption was inversely associated with obesity: tea consumers had lower mean waist circumference and lower BMI.  

 Hot tea consumption was associated with beneficial biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation (increased high-density lipoprotein-associated cholesterol and decreased C-reactive protein in both sexes, and reduced triglycerides in women)

For iced tea consumption, the association was reversed: increased iced tea consumption was associated with higher BMI, greater waist circumference, and greater subcutaneous skinfold thickness after controlling for age, physical activity, energy intake, sugar intake, and other confounders.

The association of  beneficial biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation with iced tea consumption was again reversed.

CONCLUSIONS:

These cross-sectional results support growing laboratory data, which demonstrate the association of hot tea intake with reduced markers of Metabolic Syndrome.

 

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