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Green Tea and Weight loss

The wonders of green tea are well researched and documented, and are becoming wider known as a result

What is Green Tea?

Basically green tea is the least processed of four different types of tea; green, oolong, black and white, all of which come for the Camellia sinensis bush

Because China is a very large country with many different regions (known as provinces) there are a very large range of Chinese green teas

  • Dragon Well (also called Lung Ching or Long Jing)
  • Hui Ming
  • Long Ding
  • Hua Ding
  • Qing Ding
  • Gunpowder

In addition to Japan and China, good quality green teas also come from countries like Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka

Herbal Teas

Because of the health benefits of green teas and their growing popularity in the western-world, many companies now produce and sell a range of hot-water infusions made with herbs

Green Tea and weight loss

Many research studies have shown that drinking green tea can have a positive effect on our body weight as well as on our general health

  1. Increase our metabolism (burn more calories/kilojoules throughout the day)
  2. Increase our body's ability to burn fat (fat oxidation)

While some of green tea's effect on our metabolism is known to come from the caffeine it contains, green tea doesn't have as much caffeine as coffee but helps the body burn more energy than coffee, so we know that the effect doesn't just come down to its caffeine levels

Other Health Benefits of Green Tea

As well as helping us to lose weight, green tea is believed to have many other health benefits

  • Reduce our risk of developing many forms of cancer
  • Inhibit the growth of cancer cells
  • Lower total cholesterol levels
  • Improve the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol
  • Help reduce the risk and treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduce the risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease
  • Treat impaired immune function
  • Help prevent tooth decay
  • Prevent food poisoning

In order to enjoy these health benefits and others, researchers recommend drinking green tea on a regular basis

Is green tea good for everyone?

It is thought that not everyone should drink green tea or large quantities of green tea like those recommended by many researchers

  • Heart problems or high blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)
  • An anxiety or nervous disorder
  • Bleeding or blood clotting disorder
  • Any condition requiring you to take blood thinning drugs
  • Plant related allergies
  • If you are pregnant or could become pregnant
  • If you are breast-feeding a baby

Because green tea contains relatively large amounts of caffeine it has been suggested that it is not appropriate for consumption by children either

Buying, Storing and Brewing Green Tea

Getting the most benefits from green tea often means buying, storing and preparing it well

  • Airtight tea tins or airtight glass jars
  • Cool, dark environments (such as cupboards)
  • Areas away from aromatic foods (because green teas absorb aromas easily)

Most green teas don't store well for more than around six months, so it's better to buy small quantities more regularly than it is to buy large quantities less frequently

  • The quantity of tea leaves - most green tea experts suggest using about 2 to 4g of tea per cup
  • Water - fresh spring water is ideal
  • Brewing method - brewing green tea in a pot is best, letting the leaves float freely
  • Infusion temperature - green tea is best brewed in water that has only just begun to form bubbles
  • Brewing time - most green teas should be brewed for no longer than 1½ to 3 minutes

For those of us who don't particularly like the taste of green tea, the good news is that adding lemon, sugar or milk to improve its taste doesn't seem to affect the antioxidant levels of the tea and therefore shouldn't remove any of the health benefits associated with drinking it

Conclusion

The wonders of green tea are well researched and documented, and are becoming wider known as a result

This article was written by Scott Haywood

Scott is the editor of weightlosscomau Scott has developed an expertise in fitness and nutrition, and their roles in weight loss, which led him to launch weightlosscomau in 2005 Today, weightlosscomau provides weight loss and fitness information, including hundreds of healthy recipes, weight loss tools and tips, articles, and more, to millions of people around the world, helping them to lead happier, healthier, lives

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