CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about yet another health benefit related to tea: it can help lower your cholesterol.
While I don’t think that going on the Atkins Diet and taking some tea extract capsules is going to even out, for vegetarians (whose high-fiber non-meat diet can significantly lower cholesterol), this could help those with a family history of high cholesterol.
They divided  people [with elevated cholesterol who had been put on a low-fat diet] into two groups. One group got the pill, which was a soft gel capsule with the tea extract. The other group got just a placebo, a sugar pill, and they found that the capsule group, the people who are getting the tea, actually had an 11 percent increase in total cholesterol and a 16 percent decrease in the bad type of cholesterol. Again, that’s just over 12 weeks. So pretty significant results there.