A combination of Green Tea and Melatonin Consumption Improve Plasma Lipid Profiles in Adults


Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the major cause of morbidity andmortality in the world. The green tea prepared with leaves of Camellia sinensisis particularly rich in antioxidants, which seems to have a crucial role inatherogenesis. Melatonin also participates in many physiological functions andexhibit antioxidant activity.The aim of our investigation was to evaluate the effects of green teadrinking and melatonin on the lipid profile in 36 subjects. The lipid profileincluded the measurement of total cholesterol, high-density lipoproteincholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides(TGs), apolipoprotein A-I, apolipoprotein B, and lipoprotein (a). Themeasurements were performed at the beginning of the study, and after 3 weeksof drinking 1 L of water, and after 4 weeks of drinking 1 L of green tea dailyplus 3mg/day melatonin at night. Tea was prepared every day at the sameconditions of temperature, time of infusion, and concentration. After drinkinggreen tea plus melatonin a significant beneficial improvement in the lipid profileof subjects was observed. Our data suggest that drinking green tea plusmelatonin have beneficial effects protecting against the risk for cardiovasculardisease by improving blood lipid levels.Keywords: Green tea, Melatonin, Lipid profile.