15 Facts about Slimming Green Tea

Amazing Facts about Slimming Green Tea

In this post I will share 15 Amazing Facts about slimming green tea.

Green Tea is tea that is light in color and made from leaves that have not been oxidized before drying. As per Wikipedia, green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation applied when processing Camellia sinensis into oolong tea and black tea.

Drinking green tea everyday has a lot of benefits. While the taste of green tea sucks, it is good for health – that we all know. But what most people don’t know is that green tea may also be conducive to slimming when combined with other healthy habits.

Please note that drinking 10 cups of green tea alone will not make you lose weight – but if you regularly have it and follow certain practices, you will definitely see some good results.

Slimming green tea is a type of slimming tea. The other types of tea’s are:

  • Chinese slimming tea
  • herbal slimming tea
  • wu long slimming tea

Facts about Slimming Green Tea

  1. Green tea contains caffeine – but in much milder dose than coffee. Caffeine has been shown to help in  burning fat (1) (2)
  2. Green tea has a useful substance called anti-oxidants of type catechins like ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate) which boost metabolism. (3)
  3. ECGC in green tea inhibits an enzyme which causes a hormone norepinephrine to increase which in turn cases more fat cells to break down. (4) (5)
  4. Catechins in green tea increase body temperature which in turn helps one burn more calories. (11)
    Caffeine and ECGC together have a synergistsic effect in breaking down of fat. (6)
  5. For those who exercise regularly, burning of fat increases upto 17% when people regularly take slimming green tea extract. (7)
  6. Green tea can boost metabolic rate by upto 4% which in turn helps in burning more calories and weight loss. (8)
  7. The most harmful type of fat in our body is belly fat (visceral fat). Green tea helps in breaking down the harmful stomach fat. (9)
  8. Tulsi green tea is the healthiest slimming green tea option as it has a lot of anti-oxidants. And additionally the Tulsi also helps in prevent cough and cold infections. (10)
  9. Among green tea varieties, Match green tea is supposed to be the most effective weight loss variety. (14)
  10. One should drink 2-3 cups of green tea everyday to reach the desired level of caffeine and catechins which will cause weight loss. (12)
  11. Green tea in combination with honey or sweetener does not help  in slimming because of extra calories. (11)
  12. One can drink green tea directly or use green tea supplements. (13)
  13. You don’t have to drink too much green tea to lose weight – 2.5 cups approximately per day should be sufficient.(14)
  14. Green tea because of caffeine may cause dehydration, hence one should drink plenty of water, when one is on a green tea weight loss program. (13)
  15. Some experts advise that whenever you have a craving for something sweet or unhealthy, you should instead have a little bit of green tea. This will temporarily curb your hunger, and indirectly assist in maintaining your weight.(15)

Conclusion

As we can see, green tea helps in weight management in a number of direct and indirect ways. But as I have mentioned earlier, green tea alone is not a solution to weight gain problem. With a bad lifestyle, no amount of green tea will help. In fact too much of green tea is actually bad, so one should have it in moderation. However for someone who has a health lifestyle and consumes green tea regularly, weight control and weight loss can be achieved easily.

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References

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372
  2. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/79/1/40.full.pdf+html
  3. https://authoritynutrition.com/green-tea-and-weight-loss/
  4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938410000703
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norepinephrine
  6. http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v24/n2/full/0801101a.html
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18326618
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584049
  9. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2007.176/full
  10. http://www.thefitindian.com/6-best-green-tea-recipes-for-weight-loss/
  11. http://www.livestrong.com/article/410595-how-much-green-tea-should-you-drink-to-lose-weight/
  12. University of Maryland Medical Center Study, quoted in (11)
  13. http://www.livestrong.com/article/87045-green-tea-weight-loss-side/
  14. http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/how-drink-green-tea-weight-loss
  15. http://www.wikihow.com/Drink-Tea-to-Lose-Weight

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Green Tea Memory Benefits

Green Tea Memory Benefits

In this post I will talk about green tea memory benefits.

Green tea is very popular for its various health benefits like reducing the risks of cancer, heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. Green tea has also been shown to aid in weight loss.

But what many are not aware is that green tea also has significant positive impact on brain functioning. Studies have shown that green tea helps in increasing focus and concentration, in making people more alert and in improving overall memory.

In the next few paragraphs we will try to understand green tea memory benefits in terms of underlying chemical constituents like caffeine, L-theanine etc. We will take up each such component and analyze its impact on brain functioning.

1. Green Tea Memory Benefits from Caffeine

Green tea contains caffeine which helps to improve memory and increase focus and concentration.

Adenosine is nucleoside that is naturally found in all cells of the body. Adenosine has lots of useful functions. In the brain adenosine acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. While this is useful in promoting relaxation and sleep, being a central nervous system depressant it can lead to lethargy. Source.

Caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine and aids in the increased firing of neurons, and increased levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Source 1. Source 2.

Caffeine therefore helps to improve brain functions.

2. Green Tea Memory Benefits from L-Theanine

Green tea (and tea in general) contain an amino acid called L-theanine that positively impacts brain functions in humans.

As per this study, L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state: L-theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness.

As per this study, The neuropharmacology of L-theanine(N-ethyl-L-glutamine): a possible neuroprotective and cognitive enhancing agent: L-theanine has been historically reported as a relaxing agent …  Behavioural studies in animals suggest improvement in learning and memory.

3. Green Tea Memory Benefits from Caffeine and L-Theanine

Studies have shown that Caffeine and L-Theanine combination which naturally occurs in green tea has a synergistic effect and positively impact brain function.

As per this study, The effects of l-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood,
In addition to improving RVIP accuracy and ‘mental fatigue’ ratings, the combination also led to faster simple reaction time, faster numeric working memory reaction time and improved sentence verification accuracy. ‘Headache’ and ‘tired’ ratings were reduced and ‘alert’ ratings increased.

4. Green Tea Memory Benefits from epigallocatechin-3-gallate

As per this study, Green tea extract enhances parieto-frontal connectivity during working memory processing, drinking green tea increases connectivity between “right superior parietal lobule and the frontal cortex of the brain. This activity correlated with improved performance on the working memory tasks.” Source.

As per one of the researchers, “Our findings suggest that green tea might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain”. Source.

In neuroscience, synaptic plasticity is the ability of synapses to strengthen or weaken over time, in response to increases or decreases in their activity. Synaptic plasticity is an important driver of learning and memory.

Please note that the researchers used green tea extract. The active ingredient that’s most likely responsible for the effects is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Source.

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed it. If you can think of any additional green tea memory benefits, please share them via your comments.

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How green tea helps in weight loss

In a previous post “Is organic green tea good for weight loss?”, I had talked in brief about the four ways in which organic green tea helps in weight loss.

  1. Green Tea helps to decrease skin fat (triglyceride)
  2. Green Tea helps in controlling visceral fat (belly fat)
  3. Green Tea aids in stimulating metabolism (EGCG and caffeine)
  4. Green Tea along with exercise helps in weight loss

Then I had discussed in detail the first way – how green tea helps to decrease skin fat (triglyceride).

In this second part, I shall talk about how Green Tea helps in controlling visceral fat (belly fat) and how green tea helps stimulate metabolism (EGCG and caffeine).

Green Tea Helps in reducing Belly Fat

Visceral fat also known as belly fat builds up around the organs. It is harmful as it causes inflammation and insulin resistance which might ultimately result in heart disease and diabetes. Drinking green tea regularly directly combats visceral fat, which not only leads to some weight loss but also lower risk of lifestyle diseases.

Green Tea helps in improving metabolism (EGCG and caffeine)

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant that has been shown to help burn fat (thermogenesis) in some studies and in appetite suppression. Thus caffeine may slightly increase weight loss and control weight gain.

Caffeine is generally safe when used in controlled manner (400 mg or less) by healthy adults. However, too much caffeine leads to a wide range of unpleasant symptoms including nervousness, irritability, insomnia, nausea and high blood pressure.

A cup of green tea contains enough caffeine (24-40 mg) to have a mild impact of weight loss.

EGCG

Phytochemicals are compounds in plants which help them in combating diseases. Green tea contains a phytochemical of type polyphenol (an antioxidant) called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG for short.

A hormone called norepinephrine is used by the central nervous system to facilitate break down of fat. More norepinephrine leads to more fats getting broken down. EGCG prevents an enzyme that destroys norepinephrine, thereby preventing fat buildup.

When fat is burnt, it is moved into the bloodstream after being broken down in the fat cell and becomes available for use as energy.

In the next part …

… I’ll talk about how Green Tea helps in weight loss when done along with exercises. Plus I’ll also do a review of some of the good green tea brands in India right now.

So go ahead. Dip your tea bags and enjoy a nice sip.

Sources

Can drinking green tea help with weight loss
Green Tea and Weight Loss
Nutrition – Green Tea and Weight Loss
Green tea DOES help lose weight
Mayoclinic – Caffeine and Weight Loss
EGCG and Green Tea

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Is organic green tea good for weight loss?

Is organic green tea good for weight loss?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions on the  benefits of organic green tea.

As a big fan of green tea and all things organic, I  decided to delve into the claim that organic green tea is good for weight loss.

I researched the topic by studying a large number of articles, papers, blogs  and journals.

 By the time I finished writing, the post size had  exceeded my normal post size limit, and so I decided to present the information in a 2-3 part series to make it easily digestible.
The Four Ways in which organic green tea helps in weight  loss are:
  1. Green Tea helps to decrease skin fat (triglyceride)
  2. Green Tea helps in controlling visceral fat (belly fat)
  3. Green Tea aids in stimulating metabolism (EGCG and  caffeine)
  4. Green Tea along with exercise helps in weight loss
 In this post we will learn about triglycerides and how  green tea helps in combating skin fat.

#1 Triglycerides and Green Tea

 What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in our blood and provide  energy to support various functions of
the body. Triglycerides play an  important role in metabolism as energy sources and transporters of dietary fat.  They are a major component of human skin oils.

When sugar and fat enter our body, they combine to form  triglyceride in the small intestines and the liver, and get transported to  other parts of the body through the bloodstream. However, excess triglyceride
transforms into fat and may result in obesity.

Reasons for high triglycerides

  • Consuming more calories than one can burn
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol
  • Kidney disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Medicines like beta-blockers, estrogen, tamoxifen, birth  control pills
  • Some specific steroids

How does green tea help control triglycerides?

Green tea contains polyphenols, which activates an enzyme
that dissolves excess triglyceride. Thus drinking green tea regularly will help  in weight loss by controlling skin fats.
As an aside, pomegranate, which contain polyphenols, has
been an important source of remedies for many ailments in traditional Indian  medicine Ayurveda.
In the next post I will talk about Green Tea and belly fat.To know more about different Green Tea varieties, check out Amazon.

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