Green Tea Has Weight Loss and Anti Inflammatory Properties

The green tea plant, also known as Camellia sinesis, grows as large as a shrub or tree. It was first cultivated in India and China. In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, it was used as a stimulant to promote mental health, promote digestion, as a diuretic, help regulate blood sugar, for improvement of hearth health and topically to help wounds heal.

Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and therefore has the highest concentration of antioxidants, mainly polyphenols, among the different teas. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals that can alter cells and cause cell death. It is believed free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. Green tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. These alkaloids provide green tea’s stimulant effects. L-theanine, an amino acid compound also found in green, has a calming effect on the nervous system.

Green tea has been extensively studied and has shown promise in multiple health areas. In studies following large populations over years, green tea consumption has been shown to help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attack. Studies have also shown people who consume green tea tend to have lower rates of cancer, especially bladder and breast cancer.

Green tea has also been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease, such as crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In diabetes type 1, green tea showed a slowed progression of complications due to diabetes, although more studies need to be done. Clinical studies also suggest green tea extract may boost metabolism and help burn fat. One study confirmed the combination of green tea and caffeine improved weight loss and maintenance in overweight people.

Green tea is generally considered safe if taken as directed. Traditionally 2-3 cups of tea per day is recommended. Supplements in general should not be given to children, breast-feeding or pregnant mom’s unless under the direct supervision of your physician. People with heart problems, those on blood thinning medication (Warfarin), those with ulcers or anxiety disorders should avoid green tea. Caffeine overdose can cause nausea, vomiting and headaches.

Source:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.htm

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Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.

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