Green Tea Power in Weight Loss
Green Tea (also known as Chinese tea or Japanese green tea) is a type of tea produced from the buds or leaves of a species of plant known as Camellia Sinensis. This type of tea is often minimally processed and unoxidized, yielding a greenish color with higher levels of a specific type of antioxidants known as polyphenols. There is a good amount of research linked to the consumption of green tea and its health benefits. The consumption of green tea has revealed an array of positive results, showing improvement in immune function, vision, respiratory function, nervous and excretory function, the appearance of skin and hair, along with slowing of the aging process and a boost in metabolism. Most of this is attributed to the powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols (such as EGCG, EC, ECG) and also to the methylxanthines (such as caffeine, Theobromine and Theophylline) present in green tea.
Recent research has revealed that the consumption of green tea can boost the body’s metabolism through the stimulation of thermogenesis (the ability to burn fat that is stored in the body in order to produce energy and heat). It has also been discovered that green tea has the ability to reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates by inhibiting the amylase enzyme. People often report experiencing an increase in energy and an overall feeling of well-being as a result of consuming green tea. A number of studies have shown that green tea helps to facilitate weight loss in obese individuals.
Some popular tea brands which offer green tea are The Republic of Tea and Yogi Teas. Green tea may also be taken in supplemental form as a Tincture or in a capsule. The supplemental forms are often standardized to contain a much higher level of the antioxidants for cellular health and immune function. There is also the choice of decaffeinated green tea in both tea and supplemental form.
A note of caution: Although there are many health benefits associated with the consumption of green tea, due to the caffeine content (while much lower than regular coffee), it would be wise to consult with your physician if you have elevated blood pressure or are taking blood pressure medication. Those with liver or kidney conditions should also consult with their physician about consuming green tea.