Green Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and a rich source of polyphenol catechins. What does this really mean?
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most active of the catechins in green tea and it’s the EGCG that lends green tea its wonderful antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.
Naturally, green tea contains small amounts of caffeine, although some forms of green tea supplements come decaffeinated. The caffeine in green tea works synergistically with EGCG to affect your metabolism in unique and health-generating ways.
The Green Tea results are in!
EGCG has been found to affect weight loss by promoting the burning of fat, boosting immune function and regulating blood sugar and insulin levels through several different mechanisms.
In a randomized, placebo controlled trial, participants, who were moderately overweight, were given 1900 mgs of green tea catechins for 90 days. The results: weight reduction of almost 3 pounds and almost an inch from their waistline.
Not a bad result when no real changes in diet or exercise were part of the study.
Even better again, was a further study that this time mixed green tea with strict dietary changes and exercise.
The results were that the people taking the green tea along with a prepared menu and regular exercise did better than those on just diet and exercise routines alone.
Those in the green tea group lost significantly more weight; as much as 24 pounds more over a 12 week period.
The study demonstrated that green tea encouraged energy expenditure and fat oxidation; keys to maintaining a healthy BMI and waistline.
More Green Tea Benefits…
While the benefits of green tea have been shown to assist with maintaining or losing weight, catechins in green tea also:
- lower cholesterol levels;
- reduce inflammation & inflammation associated with obesity;
- boost immunity;
- stimulate bone health & help prevent bone breakdown;
- shield cells from free radicals, namely hydrogen peroxide.
Asian cultures have long known of the protective properties of tea. Both black tea, which is fermented and contains less polyphenols, and the non-fermented green tea are drunk in large quantities at meal times throughout asia.
Unsurprisingly, for the most part, obesity and chronic diseases are much lower per capita in many asian countries.
As a warm beverage taken daily, or in supplement form, green tea provides valuable benefits to your health and is perfect as part of any detox regime – although if avoiding caffeine is part of your plan, then obviously decaf might be preferable for you.
Want to know how much tea to drink? Check out this quick guide to green tea extract, catechins and more.
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