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We know that green tea has many health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties, but did you know it could also help you accomplish your weight loss goals?
Personally I have consumed one to two cups of green tea daily for years, not only for its health benefits, but because it also tastes great cold or hot. For those who are looking for a coffee and soda alternative, and if water is just too bland for your palate, then green tea is an excellent choice.
Every day millions of people enjoy green tea, but where did this popular natural drink come from? Most experts agree that the first tea bushes were found in the Eastern Himalayan Mountains in China and India. Due to the lack of a written character representing tea until the Tang Dynasty, it is estimated that green tea’s origins in China emerged somewhere between 3000 and 5000 years ago. Green tea was first used for its medicinal purposes in China and parts of Russia. Cultures in these regions used green tea to treat asthma, colds, headaches and diarrhea.
Due to the advent of expanded ship transportation and the beginnings of international trade, green tea made its way to Europe and the United States in the 1600’s, and the rest is history. Today green tea is considered the second most popular drink in the world, after water.
Just in case you needed another reason to drink green tea, it has been recently studied and referenced in many articles for its newfound metabolism and weight loss properties. Most teas contain large amounts of polyphenols, a category of natural antioxidants found in plants. Green tea has been shown to be particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. Research indicates that these substances have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, but in addition, recent research in humans and animals shows that catechins may also affect body fat accumulation.
An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states:
Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both.
For me I have noticed a difference when I drink green tea prior to working out. I’m able to warm up faster, have better stamina, and my muscles become more engorged with blood for a better pump. This would be the result of the thermogenic effect of green tea, which would also indicate it is raising my metabolism for greater fat burning capabilities.
The best part is that unlike those sugar- and caffeine-filled energy and highly processed coffee drinks you don’t get that nervous or jittery feeling after consuming green tea. You get a longer and much more sustained energy boost, not the crash and burn effect of those fad-based energy boosting products and drinks.
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