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Can Drinking Matcha Replace Statins?

Team Matcha | November 10, 2016 | All, Teaism

If you are currently someone who has high cholesterol or are at an increased risk of heart disease, you might be considering the use of a statin as part of your treatment protocol.

Statins are a group of drugs that reduce levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. They work by blocking the action of a liver enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol.

While statins are effective and relatively safe, they aren’t without side effects: muscle pain, fatigue, and gastro-intestinal symptoms, for example.

If you can lower cholesterol through dietary changes and natural remedies, you might try those first before starting on a prescribed medication.

Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way

Start by decreasing your consumption of sugar flour and other quick-digesting carbs, as well as saturated fats. Also increase your physical activity.

Matcha tea can also help. Studies show that the catechins found in green tea (including matcha) are effective for lowering cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease.

One study noted that in addition to lowering overall cholesterol levels, green tea catechins specifically lowered LDL cholesterol.

Another study that looked at a large population of 4,209 participants noted that those who drank the most green tea had lower rates of death from all causes.

While not all individuals may be able to forgo medication, many may find that with dietary change, exercise, and matcha, they can keep their cholesterol in the healthy range.

Discuss this possibility with your doctor. As an added benefit, matcha tea may also improve many other areas of your health by improving your mood and reducing your risk of depression, boosting your immunity, and lowering your risk for certain types of cancer.

References:
Bursill, Christina A., Mavis Abbey, and Paul D. Roach. "A green tea extract lowers plasma cholesterol by inhibiting cholesterol synthesis and upregulating the LDL receptor in the cholesterol-fed rabbit." Atherosclerosis193.1 (2007): 86-93.

村松敬一郎, 福與眞弓, and 原征彦. "Effect of green tea catechins on plasma cholesterol level in cholesterol-fed rats." Journal of nutritional science and vitaminology 32.6 (1986): 613-622.

Kuriyama, Shinichi, et al. "Green tea consumption and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all causes in Japan: the Ohsaki study."Jama 296.10 (2006): 1255-1265.