The Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is a versatile drink with many health benefits. It is packed with nutrients and powerful antioxidants. Green tea is proven to be a useful tool in helping weight-loss.
Some studies have shown that drinking green tea can help boost your metabolism. The caffeine and flavonoids found in the tea can improve insulin activity, fat oxidation, and raise your metabolic rate. All good things when you’re trying to lose weight.
Jump start your metabolism
Though containing much less caffeine than a cup of coffee, the caffeine in green tea can act as a slight stimulant, giving you energy and more focus during your workouts. Studies seem to agree that green tea can give your brain a boost which will help your concentration during the day.
The bioactive substances found in green tea (caffeine and a variety of antioxidants) have a powerful effect on your metabolism.
Mobilize fat cells
When your body burns fat, first it has to break the fat cells down and add them to your bloodstream. Green tea can boost your body’s ability to break down fat.
Green tea’s main antioxidant is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is proven to help inhibit the breakdown of the hormone norepinephrine, which is what regulates the breaking down of fats in fat cells.
An increase in norepinephrine boosts fat breakdown in your body. When the fat breaks down, it enters the bloodstream in a form of energy and fuel for your muscles to use.
Use it before workouts
Numerous studies have shown that the fat burning effects of green tea are even more potent during a workout. Drinking green tea or taking green tea extract an hour before your workout can cause your body to burn up to 17% more fat than if you just stuck to your nutrition alone.
Keep your metabolism running all day
Your body is always burning calories: even when you sleep. Studies have found that drinking green tea or taking green extract as a supplement can help your body burn more calories, even while resting.
Results from studies varied in participants burning 3% up to 8% more than those with nutrition alone. Some studies suggest this is not universal and some of the effects are dependent upon the individual.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to drink a ton of green tea to get these positive effects. Most studies agree that drinking 2-3 cups a day produces these weight-loss benefits.