In my last two posts, I was talking about the benefits of green tea in lowering high LDL cholesterol levels and improving the HDL cholesterol levels. Today I will reveal even more benefits of green tea effectively lowering triglycerides levels, lipid peroxides, and fibrinogen.
High triglycerides levels in your bloodstream have been linked to atherosclerosis and increased risk of heart disease and stroke; pancreatitis and depression.
However, triglycerides (glycerol + fatty acids) are very important for your body metabolism. They are great energy sources for your body – contain 9 calories per gram of energy, which is twice more than carbohydrates and proteins.
In fact, the negative effects of increased triglycerides levels are not as bad as high LDL cholesterol levels. This is because of the strong inverse relationship between triglyceride level and HDL cholesterol level.
If you know your triglycerides levels, you can use these guidelines to find if you are at risk.
Triglycerides levels below 150 mg/dl are considered normal; between 200 and 498 mg/dl high; and triglycerides levels higher than 500 mg/dl are considered to be very high.
Lipid peroxides (fatty acid-free radicals) are the result of oxidation of lipids – the process most often affects the polyunsaturated fatty acids. The oxidation process is free radical chain reaction mechanism that causes body cells damages.
When a free radical reacts it always produces another free radical (a chain reaction mechanism). In order to stop such damaging oxidative process, two free radicals must react and produce a non-radical, but that could happen only if the free radicals concentration is high enough.
As you may guess it is not effective enough just to sit and wait for two free radicals to react by accident and stop the process. But there is another solution…
Antioxidants fight against lipid peroxides
That is why your organism has different methods for protecting your body cells – and that’s the antioxidant enzymes that catch free radicals. One of the most popular antioxidants is vitamin E, but EGCG polyphenol (contained in Green tea) is even times more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin E.
Fibrinogen is also called serum fibrinogen, plasma fibrinogen and factor I is a soluble plasma glycoprotein that is synthesized by the liver.
Fibrinogen is converted into fibrin – a protein involved in the clotting of blood (forms a clot over a wound site).
Fibrinogen levels are a very important indicator for your body’s overall health condition. That is why fibrinogen blood tests are used. They are to evaluate your body’s ability to form and break down blood clots.
Fibrinogen Blood levels between 150-300 mg/dL are considered normal and higher than 460 mg/dL means you are at risk.
Lowered fibrinogen concentration in your blood may lower your body’s ability to form a stable blood clot. It may be due to afibrinogenemia (no production of fibrin) or to liver disease or malnutrition (which leads to hypofibrinogenemia).
Some types of cancer may cause consumption of fibrinogen, which leads first to bad clot formation excessive bleeding.
High fibrinogen levels may increase the risk of developing a blood clot, which in turn may cause cardiovascular disease over time.
Fibrinogen levels may go high very quickly after inflammation or tissue damage. High fibrinogen levels are also seen after:
- some types of cancer
- coronary heart disease
- myocardial infarction
- rheumatoid arthritis
How to normalize fibrinogen levels?
It may sound very scary, but with proper fibrinolytic drugs medication after a heart attack and stroke.
You could also do exercises, take B-complex vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids or spices (such as curcumin, ginger root, turmeric) and of course you can take green tea to lower your fibrinogen levels, but first consult your doctor prior starting any medication on your own.
Another antifibrinolytics, such as aminocaproic acid (ε-aminocaproic acid) and tranexamic acid are also used as inhibitors of fibrinolysis (the process where the fibrin clots are broken down).