It’s been well reported that heart disease significantly raises one’s risk of contracting and suffering the worst impacts of Covid-19. The latest advisory from the Centers for Disease Control states(1),

Having any of the following serious heart conditions increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Having other cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or stroke, may increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The good news is that you can protect your heart by simply increasing your consumption of green tea. According to a report from Harvard Medical School (2),

“A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke and a 16% lower risk of death from all causes than people who drank less than one cup of green tea a day.
Last year, a meta-analysis of observational studies—13 conducted in green tea drinkers and five in black tea drinkers—found that people who drank the most green tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease than those who drank the least green tea. Black tea had no effect on heart risk.”

“Another 2011 meta-analysis of 14 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials found that green tea significantly lowered LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Many of the studies had been conducted with capsules containing catechins, the active polyphenols in green tea, rather than with the beverage itself.”

According to the study, for the heart-protecting catechins (EGCG) in green tea it’s best to use an extract over brewed green tea leaf. With the highest concentrations of EGCG catechins, our Chi Tea line of green tea extracts is the wise choice for wellness.