1. It Can Help You Lose Weight We’ll start with a bang. […]
1. It Can Help You Lose Weight
We’ll start with a bang. Yes, CHINA GREEN TEA does seem to help with weight loss and weight maintenance efforts. Caffeine combined with catechins and flavonoids (we’ll talk about those later) seem to be responsible for elevated metabolic rate and increased fat oxidation, says EurekAlert.org. “The results of one meta-analysis suggests the increase in caloric expenditure is equal to about 100 calories over a 24-hour period,” they explain. Research also shows that study participants who drank two to three cups of green tea and caffeine lost 2.9 pounds over a 12-week period, even while sticking to their normal diet.
2. It Can Help Prevent Heart Disease
Green tea is an excellent source of catechins and epicatechins, flavonoids that stop inflammation and can decrease plaque buildup in the arteries, says Harvard Health. They explain that tea may also decrease bad LDL cholesterol levels and improve blood vessel function. According to EurekAlert.org, research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that at least one cup of tea per day can support “healthy arterial function and blood pressure.”
3. It Can Help Boost the Immune System
Some of the same oxidant and radical-fighting flavonoids that are found in blueberries are also present in green tea. According to Science Daily, research out of Oregon State University found that green tea contains a polyphenol called EGCG that seems to cause a higher production of T cells. They explain that T cells “dampen or turn off” immune system cells when they get stuck in an “on” position. This leads to autoimmune diseases where the body attacks itself.