Find out about the health benefits of Green Tea.
Much of the research done on tea in the past few decades has heavily focused on varieties of green tea. This may be because green tea has been used as a Chinese remedy for centuries, and is widely known to contain powerful antioxidants such as epigallocatechin gallate (known as EGCG).
While green tea actually comes from the same plant (camellia sinensis) as black, white and oolong tea varieties, it is processed in a completely different way after it is picked, allowing the tea leaves to retain higher levels of antioxidants. EGCG can be found in much higher levels than in black tea varieties.
Increasing metabolism and weight loss with green tea
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the catechins found in green teas had a significant effect on increasing that rate that a person could metabolise fat. Catechins are a plant based type of natural phenol and antioxidant, and are a frequently used component or ingredient in health products. Fortunately, this is a naturally occurring substance in tea!
One study published in the Journal of Nutrition examined the effects of consuming 625mg of catechins per day (that is around 5 cups of green tea). The study found that the group of people consuming this quantity of a 12 week period saw significantly reduced fat in the abdominal area!
How much green tea should I drink for these health benefits?
The studies stated above suggest that to benefit from these health benefits, you should be drinkin around 5 cups of green tea a day. Because the caffeine levels in green tea are on average around 35 – 70mg per cup, drinking 5 cups of green tea should not take you beyond the daily recommended caffeine intake.
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