An Indian cardiologist recommends drinking green tea for World Heart Day, and throughout the year. Quoted by the Indo-Asian News Service in New Delhi, Anil Bansal, chief cardiologist at Columbia Asia Hospital in the city of Gurgaon, India, extolled the benefits of green tea for heart health. He recommends Indian tea drinkers switch from black to green tea.
World Heart Day is celebrated every September 29th. It’s sponsored by the World Heart Federation, which is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including heart disease and stroke – with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.
Indian health authorities are increasingly concerned about the spread of heart disease in India. The Times of India recently featured a study by the American College of Cardiologists that showed a high percentage of Indians have high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease.
Mid-DAY, another Indian news service, included coverage of World Heart Day that also recommends regular green tea consumption. The Mid-DAY article included “10 actions for a rock-solid heart.” These included good nutrition, including green tea, and eating more fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Other recommendations included losing weight, getting more exercise, quitting smoking, and controlling stress, cholesterol and diabetes.