Thursday, May 17, 2012

Green Tea

Green tea is a bona fide fat burner because it contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant that increases resting metabolism and stimulates fat-burning. In a Dutch study, researchers helped 76 people successfully lose weight, and then asked them to consume either a placebo or a 270 mg capsule of green tea daily for the next 3 months. The group who supplemented with green tea continued to lose weight, but the placebo poppers soon regained their flab.  “EGCG alone has the potential to increase fat oxidation in men and may thereby contribute to the anti-obesity effects of green tea,” concluded a 2008 study by German researchers reported in 2008. Studies show EGCG catechins in green tea also improve cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) health and may help prevent cancer.

Conditions: Cancer risk, Heart health, Weight loss
Recommendations: 1 cup of hot green tea daily
Interactions & Side Effects: MAO inhibitors, Mixing with caffeine can cause problems, Folic acid, Drinking green tea may decrease absorption of folic acid

Source: Men's Health

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