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Your Health And The Benefits Of Green Tea For Dieting

Mar 22, 2008
The benefits of green tea for dieting is the many health benefits it provides and a recent study proves that it may decrease body fat. Green tea has been proven to fight cancer and heart disease and now can be added to a healthy diet as a daily supplement. A recent study in Japan found that a bottle of tea fortified with green tea extract consumed for 3 months caused a larger loss of body fat compared to those who drank regular oolong tea.

1. A substance found in most teas are polyphenols. It is plant based and has antiviral, antioxidant and anticancer properties. Another strong polyphenol characteristic includes anti-bacterial and skin rejuvenating capabilities.

2. Green tea is rich in catechins which is a type of polyphenol. With antiflammatory and anticancer properties already, green tea has a positive effect on reducing body fat and cholesterol levels.

3. Camella sinesis is the tea plant that green tea, black tea and oolong tea originate from. The leaves of green tea are not fermented prior to steaming and drying.

4. Catechins were tested on a group of Japanese men with similar weights, body fat percentage and waist sizes. The idea was to monitor the effects of catechins on body fat and weight loss.

5. They were split up into 2 groups with one group drinking one bottle of oolong tea every day with green tea extract and 690 milligrams of catechins. The other half drank the exact amount of oolong tea with 22 milligrams of catechins.

7. Both groups were instructed to control their calorie and fat intake, eating from the same breakfast and dinner menu.

8. After three months the group who drank the green tea extract lost 5.9 pounds while the other group dropped 2.9 pounds. The bad cholesterol known as LDL also decreased along with total body weight, waist size and body fat percentage.

9. The amount of tea and steeping time will determine how much catechins are contained in each cup consumed. Four cups a day are recommended and green tea extract supplements are available.

This study proves the benefits of green tea for dieting and will help with the prevention of various diseases. Results will vary but obesity may be reduced with green tea extract incorporated in a daily diet.
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