Green Tea Assist in Weight Loss Providing Additional Health Benefits
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. It has also shown fantastic results in contributing to weight loss and is included in many weight loss formulas.
Green Tea has long been valued in China for its miraculous medicinal properties for the maintenance of good health. It has been said in China "it is better to drink Green Tea than take medicine".
Green Tea has been receiving much attention lately. As a result, we now have many medical reports and studies by accredited institutions concluding that Green Tea does contain many healthful and healing properties. Drinking Green Tea has been shown to provide the human body with numerous health enhancing components. Green Tea contains a very high value of Catechin polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that are known to fight against cancer. In addition, Green Tea provides Polysaccharides, Flavonoids, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C (there's more vitamin "C" in one cup of green tea than in an orange), Vitamin E, R-Amino Butyric Acid and Fluoride in it's natural state.
Recent studies conducted by Dr. Lester Mitscher, medicinal chemistry professor at the University of Kansas, concluded that green tea contains high concentrations of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the strongest antioxidant. EGCG is over 100 times more effective in neutralizing free radicals than vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E, which are great antioxidants for preventing cellular damage that leads to certain diseases, especially cancer.. EGCG tops other antioxidants, such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and resveratol.
Mitscher's comparison of green to Oolong and black tea showed green tea had a superior concentration of ECGC. The fact that processing of green tea is by a steam method is the influencial factor resulting in this diffenence. Although the amount of green tea consuption to prevent degenerative diseases aahs not been extablished, China and Japan have incidence of these type diseases. Most Orientals drink an average of four cups daily, however.
It is my opinion that American diet and life style may have a more negative effect in cellular degeneration compared to Orientals and this is why it may be more challenging to conduct studies properly in the USA. I believe a study should be conducted to identify various life styles to the consumption of green tea.
Did you know that drinking tea can help you lose weight? It’s true. Some teas can even help burn fat and calories. A recent scientific study supports green tea’s ability to burn fat and increase metabolism. What’s more, other studies show that, when combined with other sensible lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy body weight, both green and black teas can help reduce the risk of heart disease, the #1 health risk for women. There are many flavored and herbla varieties of green tea available which make watching your weight a pure pleasure. Or kick the caffeine with a decaffeinated green tea. Delightful hot or iced, green tea is a delicious way to help lose weight!
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A study from Obesity Research indicates that people who have been regular tea drinkers for more than 10 years showed lower body fat percentages compared with those who don't drink tea regularly. Drinking tea is a great life choice—it’s naturally calorie-free (without the addition of milk or sugar) and can help quench your body’s thirst for the daily fluids it needs. And some teas, including green tea and certain herb teas, can help you lose weight and keep the weight off. Support a healthy diet and exercise program with tea. Whether you’re counting carbs, calories or miles on the treadmill, you can reward yourself with a cup of tea—hot or iced, it’s a delicious and totally guilt-free indulgence!
Green Tea, Metabolism & Weight Loss
Green Tea raises metabolic rates
Clinical trials conducted by the University of Geneva, in Switzerland indicate that green tea appears to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation. Apparently in addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechin polyphenols that raise thermogenesis (the rate at which calories are being burned) and hence overall energy expenditure.
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Green tea has higher values of medicinal properties than other teas, because of the special way in which it is dried. This traditional drying technique prevents the tea from the negative effects of fermentation. The now widely recognized health benefits of Green Tea have been mentioned in many newspapers and journals including CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Chinese Daily News, Journal of National Cancer Institute, numerous US Universities and Research Centers. Some of the findings that have been established are:
GREEN TEA can help reduce the risks of esophageal, (the tube through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach) skin and many other forms of Cancer, mainly by its highly significant antioxidant properties. (National Cancer Institute 1-800-4-Cancer).
GREEN TEA can help to lower cholesterol and cuts the risk of stroke in men. (American Medical Association).
GREEN TEA can help suppress and reverse aging, and refreshes the body with it's high Vitamin B content that helps the human body better deal with stress, and release more energy.
GREEN TEA can help restrain the growth of various bacteria that cause disease.
GREEN TEA can help stop cavities because of it's rich Fluoride content present in it's natural form, and can help prevent bad breath. (Dr. Tao Song findings).
Green Tea helps constipation. (Dr. Tao Song findings).
To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
High cholesterol levels
Impaired immune function
Tea delivers a multitude of health benefits that range from: being cardio-protective, a good source of fluid and being friendly to your teeth.
When on a weight loss program eating a balanced diet that contains five portions of fruit and vegetables, plenty of complex carbohydrates and restricted amounts of saturated fat. However, when it comes to what we drink, even health experts can get a little confused. Here are some brief facts to help make it clear that tea can help:
Tea is rapidly becoming the choice of fluid intake today
Tea can even help burn fat and calories. A recent scientific study supports green tea’s ability to burn fat. A study from Obesity Research indicates that people who have been regular tea drinkers for more than 10 years showed lower body fat percentages compared with those who don't drink tea regularly.
Tea without milk has no calories. Using semi-skimmed milk adds around 13 calories per cup, but you also benefit from valuable minerals and calcium
Tea with milk provides 16% of daily calcium requirement in 4 cups
Tea contains some zinc and folic acid
Tea with milk contains Vitamin B6, Riboflavin B2 and Thiamin B1
Tea is a source of the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth and body development, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels
The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee. One cup contains only 50mg per cup
Tea is a natural source of fluoride and delivers 45% of your daily requirement if you drink 3/4 cups per day
Fluoride helps prevent dental decay
Green and black teas are from the same plant, Camelia sinensis, and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine (see our caffeine section)
Tea has antioxidants. Antioxidants fight your body's free radicals, the chemicals that are now believed to be linked to destroying cell DNA that leads to many types of cancer. Antioxidants help block cancer by preventing damage to cell DNA.
Green Tea also helps support a healthy cardiovascular system.
While Green Tea is no substitute for physical fitness, used in conjunction with regular exercise can aid in maintaining a healthy heart.
Studies have shown Green Tea reduces platelet aggregation (blockage), lowers cholesterol, and decreases blood pressure.
Green and white tea may fight colon cancer!
Black tea helps keep plaque from forming on your teeth.
Drinking tea can improve blood flow in your heart's arteries.
Green and black tea may prevent sun-induced skin cancer when taken orally.
Oolong tea helps burn calories! People who drank five cups each day burned about 87 extra calories, both while drinking and throughout the day.
According to a recent study, green tea may help fight skin cancer. Products with green tea could help treat and prevent skin disorders.
British research shows that female tea drinkers have stronger bones than non-tea drinkers.
Tea may protect against cancers including breast, lung, mouth, stomach, esophagus, prostate and pancreatic cancer.
It has been shown to fight cancer after development in lab studies.
Green tea boosts your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
Tea lowers your cholesterol.
Tea may reduce your risk of stroke.
It has been shown to sooth arthritis.
It may stave off signs of aging.
Tea adds liquid to your diet.
Green Tea contains caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system, and tannins, which combat diarrhea. Taken in moderation, it settles the stomach and has mild stimulant effects. In excess, it can cause insomnia and digestive problems. See the caffeine chart below for more details.
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