Coffee and green tea are often associated with lowered risks of cardiovascular diseases, like atherosclerosis.
It has been reported that middle-aged women are at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases because of the changes in their bodies due to menopause.
The fat is also distributed differently when these changes start happening, thereby further increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
So, because they’re well-known for being potent sources of antioxidants, coffee and green tea could be a great preventative measure.
A study recently published in the special edition of the journal Nutrients, called Nutrition Challenges for Middle-Aged and Older Women looks into the matter.
Let’s see what are the takeaways.
A large part of menopausal changes are due to the drop in estrogen levels in the body.
This is why women often experience various symptoms, like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and anxiety.
But other bodily changes start happening as well, all of which mainly have to do with fat deposition.
This change could invariably lead to not only a change in body mass, but an increased cardiovascular risk as well, because of the way it affects arteries.
This study aimed to assess the connection between the daily consumption of coffee and green tea, and BMI (body mass index), and cardiovascular risk.
The participants were women between the ages of 40 and 65, who were either pre-, peri-, or postmenopausal.
They were split into four groups: the control group, the coffee group, the green tea group, and the coffee + green tea group.
The results demonstrated the following:
The effects of coffee and green tea are largely thought to be due to the high content of different types of antioxidants, even though the mechanism behind it remains unclear.
According to the results, coffee and green tea would be very good at helping middle-aged women maintain their BMI and preventing atherosclerosis.
Resource: Yonekura, Y.; Terauchi, M.; Hirose, A.; Odai, T.; Kato, K.; Miyasaka, N. Daily Coffee and Green Tea Consumption Is Inversely Associated with Body Mass Index, Body Fat Percentage, and Cardio-Ankle Vascular Index in Middle-Aged Japanese Women: A Cross-Sectional Study. Nutrients 2020, 12, 1370. doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12051370References: