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Green tea extracts plus exercise may boost fat metabolism: Mouse data

Posted:  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The unknown benefits of Green Tea

According to a research done using mice, it is concluded that if consumption of green tea is supported by physical exercise, the body mass of the consumer can decrease up to 30% and the fat around the abdominal region can decrease up to 40%. The mice test was conducted for sixteen weeks where the mouse was kept on high fat diet, this also resulted in the understanding that if exercise and green tea extracts are continued together for sixteen weeks, it lowers 17% of the blood sugar level and 65% of insulin level in the blood thus reducing the risk of diabetes as per research findings by Molecular Nutrition Food Research.

Benefits of green tea for weight loss

The benefits of green tea for weight loss are many. However, as suggested by researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, if green tea or exercise is not complimented with each other, the changes in weight are relatively lesser. It has been also seen in research that when a proper amount of voluntary exercises were complimented with consumption of green tea extracts, a significantly higher level of metabolism was seen and there was a reduction in the diet added obesity in the mice that was tested. Due to the increased rate of fat metabolism that exercise and consumption of green tea extracts can result in, there is an addition regeneration of energy metabolism within the body.

The mice research and its inference

To understand the importance of exercise and green tea for weight loss, researcher Dr. Lambert had put mice into a high fat diet and regularly dosed them with decaffeinated green tea extracts and substantial amount of voluntary exercises for a span of sixteen weeks. The results shown were miraculous. There was not only a positive change in the body mass, levels of fat, insulin and blood sugar, but there was also a change in the genes that were related to the metabolism of energy and fat. Although the research was successful on lab rats, Dr. Lambert cautioned that the research needed to be tested on humans to be testified. The study was financed by the National Institutes of Health.

Why is green tea beneficial?

Studies show that the benefits of green tea in improving metabolism are due to one of its constituents known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). Due to the same EGCG, green tea can safeguard the consumer from diseases like Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, improve oral health and increase the cardio vascular improvement rate. Not only this. Green tea has properties that help in tremendous levels of fat metabolism and hence it is an agent that helps to reduce fat to a great extent. Green tea includes about 30% and 40% of water-extractable polyphenols, while black tea (fermented and oxidized green tea) contains only about 3% and 10% of the polyphenols that are water extractable. The four prime polyphenols found in fresh tea leaves are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and epicatechin (EC). No wonder more and more people are adopting green tea in their daily diet.