Palo Azul vs Cholesterol
¿How can Palo Azul help you lower your cholesterol?
Many articles about palo azul tea mention that it can lower cholesterol, but we decided to investigate more on this topic and found some studies that support this claim. In summary, the studies found that palo azul's antioxidant property acts as the inhibitory mechanism of LDL cholesterol oxidation.
A study done on flavonoids (found in palo azul) concluded that “flavonoids in tea may lower blood cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure, thereby providing some protection against cardiovascular disease.”
Another study found that the antioxidant property of flavonoids "inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.”
* Here's a very important finding: Scientists in one study observed the “consumption of them (flavonoids) is associated with improvement in endothelial function (blockage of arteries) via vascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase and protein kinase B (Akt) activation.”
What is endothelial function?
The endothelium is a thin membrane that lines the inside of the heart and blood vessels. Endothelial cells release substances that control vascular relaxation and contraction, as well as enzymes that control blood clotting, immune function, and platelet adhesion.
Endothelial dysfunction has been shown to be important in predicting stroke and heart attacks due to the inability of the arteries to dilate completely. Dysfunction can result from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking.
Studies have shown that endothelial dysfunction precedes the development of atherosclerosis, a chronic disease characterized by abnormal thickening and hardening of the artery walls. This can cause a stroke or a heart attack.
In other words...Endothelial dysfunction causes a blockage in the arteries that can lead to hypertension, stroke, or heart attack.
These are the most flavonoid-rich foods: apples, pears, onions, strawberries, blueberries, celery, peppers, and teas such as palo azul
Finally, one study corroborated these results by concluding in its findings that palo azul "reduces blood glucose, body weight and cholesterol.”
In summary, palo azul tea has powerful antioxidant properties that inhibit LDL oxidation and therefore can reduce cholesterol.
Below, we have summarized the key findings of ALL the medical studies we have analyzed and also cited all the scientific literature.
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Key findings from medical studies
• “Several epidemiological studies have suggested that drinking (flavonoids in tea) may lower blood cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure, thereby providing some protection against cardiovascular disease.”
• "The meta-analyses of one study indicate that green tea's beneficial effects on LDL cholesterol glossed over the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
• “Palo azul (EP) reduced the blood glucose, increased serum insulin, body weight, marker enzymes of hepatic function, glycogen, HDL, GK and HK while there was reduction in the levels of triglyceride, cholesterol.”
* Palo Azul is commonly referred to by its scientific name: Eysenhardtia polystachya / E. polystachya / E.P - Cyclolepis genistoides / C. genistoides - kidney wood - palo dulce