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Green Tea: An Old Drink with New Applications

December 9, 2011
At InnOrbit we just found a great article by  Margaret Furtado, M.S., R.D on Green Tea
Green Tea is the base for all InnOrbit drinks and a key ingredient in terms of its functionality.

Green tea an ancient medicine, used by doctors in India and China for over 5,000 years, even today can help treat a myriad of ailments from headaches to depression and a range of other uses.  Here is a summary of the article by Dr. Furtado.

The Early Days

In 1999 the University of Geneva published an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggesting that green tea could help with weight loss.

“When the researchers gave study subjects either a combination of caffeine and green tea or one of caffeine and placebo, they found that the participants given green tea burned up calories faster than did those in the placebo group.”

Components of Green Tea:  Catechins!

Researchers at Penn State University in the USA postulated that the active ingredients in green tea, a powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), might help inhibit weight gain.

And recent research, in the October issue of the journal Obesity, revealed that mice fed a diet high in fat and supplemented with EGCG, gained weight 45 percent more slowly than did the mice in another group that were fed the same high-fat diet but without any of green tea’s EGCG.

“The Penn researchers suggested that EGCG might be decreasing the amount of fat that gets absorbed by the body, while at the same time increasing the body’s use of fat. Thus, the slower rates of weight gain in the EGCG mice might be due to decreased fat absorption”

Other Benefits of Green Tea

  • Lowers  “bad” cholesterol
  • Inhibits the formation of blood clots

This functionality of green tea would certainly be a great bonus for heart health and possibly lower risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Green Tea and Risks of Diseases

EGCG lowers the risks of some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and infections other studies have shown.

“EGCGs were shown to be twice as powerful as resveratrol in terms of lowering your risk of heart disease.” Universtiy of Kansas study, 1997

 

Dr Furtado: Green Tea Résumé

Caffeine. While green tea might indeed have quite a few health benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that it still contains caffeine, although not nearly as much as coffee. An 8-ounce cup of green tea contains about 30 mg to 60 mg of caffeine, compared to over 100 mg in a same-sized coffee.

How much green tea? Studies have suggested that a person needs to drink a minimum of 4 to 6 cups of green tea per day to reap EGCG’s health benefits.Therefore, decaffeinated green tea might be the way to go for some people.

Green tea supplements are unregulated. Because no one is analyzing the pill forms of green tea to see what they contain, right now you can’t know exactly how much EGCG you’re getting in a pill. Caffeine could also be a problem for some, so stick with real green tea rather than supplements.

It’s not a cure-all. The potential health and weight-loss benefits of green tea cannot offset an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. Even if you increase your green-tea consumption, keep making healthy diet choices and exercising regularly.

Consult your physician. Green tea can potentially interfere with certain medications or medical conditions, so be sure to ask your doctor whether green tea would be appropriate for you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim permalink
    December 13, 2011 7:46 pm

    Me and my family just started using herbal green teas an oh are we glad we have. we are feeling better an sleeping better,feel well rested now.

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