Green tea is beneficial for losing weight? Yes, believe it or not, increasingly you’ll find green tea (or green tea extract) included in the ingredients of a great many of the more popular weight loss supplements and concoctions on the market today.
And why are supplement makers so rushing to include green tea in their weight loss products? Because the benefits of green tea are many…
Specifically, green tea extract often replaces the caffeine component of the standard ephedrine – caffeine – salicin (aspirin) fat burning stack. This makes it a fairly effective quality fat burner.
However, if that’s all green tea did, this article would be pretty short indeed. Lucky for us it has a great many other benefits — far and beyond what the usual caffeine laden cup of coffee could do. First, it’s a very effective anti-oxidant… just like the vitamin C you’ll find in a glass of orange juice and the beta-carotene in green veggies! But researchers have suggested that the active ingredient (called epigallocatechin gallate), could be up to 200 times more powerful than vitamin E as an oxidant.
Green tea is also effective as a glucose regulator — meaning that it slows down the body’s rise in blood sugar following the consumption of a meal.
Green tea does this by decreasing the action of a certain digestive enzyme called amylase. This enzyme is used by the body to breakdown starches (carbs) that can cause blood sugar levels to increase dramatically following a meal. Along with a chromium, and possibly a vanadyl, green tea could be the missing link in a proper glucose management diet for diabetics.
Green tea has also helped aid weight loss by increasing the metabolic rate, causing those who use it to experience greater calorie burn.
A recent study further validates green tea’s effectiveness. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 81, No. 1, 122-129, January 2005), indicates that the consumption of a beverage rich in catechins (catechins are a major component of green tea extract) leads to both a lowering of body fat and of cholesterol levels.