The green tea benefits have been well known for many years, especially when it comes to its antioxidants abilities, general health benefits and even weight loss!
Advancements in nutritional science have now made available a far more bioavailable green tea extract that can magnify the green tea benefits even further!
Green tea contains a group of bio-active compounds collectively known as 'green tea catechins'. They are polyphenolic structures belonging to the flavonol family and they provide the health benefits of green tea.
In this article we will examine the various health benefits of green tea, why a green tea extract provides significantly higher levels of the active ingredients compared to green tea as a drink and finally, how you can get a green tea fat burner to assist your weight-loss efforts!
Green tea benefits
Research has demonstrated the various health benefits of green tea, which include the following effects:
Antiangiogenic, which means it stops the formation of cancer blood vessels
Antimetastatic, which means it stops cancer from spreading throughout the body
Increased fatty acid oxidation, which may lead to weight loss
Improved blood lipid profiles
Improved various hormone profiles (including growth hormone (GH)
Green tea weight loss promoted by EGCG
A substantial body of research now shows that one of the catechins found in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), can increase basal energy expenditure by around 4%!
This means that if a person burns up around 1500 calories a day, they can increase their daily calorie expenditure by another 60 calories without exercising. Of course, this amount could be increased even further when combined with other
thermogenic ingredients and perhaps when used in conjunction with exercise.
The effectiveness of EGCG as a green tea fat burner results from its ability to inhibit the activity of the enzymes that breakdown norepinephrine.
Norepinephrine (NE) is a well-known sympathetic nervous system stimulant. By stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, thermogenesis, the production of body heat, increases. Thermogenesis is also linked to the oxidation of body fat.
However, the body is able to limit the amount of stimulation that occurs in the sympathetic nervous system by activating enzymes [monoamine oxidase (MAO) and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT)] that inhibit NE activity in the body.
Green tea fat burner supplements compared to green tea in liquid form
Some people may think that they can simply drink green tea instead of using the supplemental form in order to obtain the amazing green tea benefits. Unfortunately though, they will need to drink 10-12 cups of green tea in order to obtain the same level of EGCG (around 300mg) that is contained in two green tea capsules!
Published research results of Green Tea!
A research study was published on the health benefits of green tea in the Alternative Medicine Review in 2009. Here's the abstract of the study.
The researchers had two groups of obese patients. Both groups had 50 subjects each consisting of both males and females between the ages of 25 and 60.
Both groups followed a reduced-calorie diet (1850 cals for men and 1350 cals for women) for 90 days.
Group A was the 'diet-only' group whilst Group B was the 'diet plus green tea' group.
Green tea extract weight loss compared to 'diet only'
After 90 days Group A (diet only) lost about 5 kilograms on average, whilst Group B (diet plus green tea) lost about 14 kilograms on average!
That is a significant difference between the two groups, especially after only 90 days of use!
Furthermore, the Body Mass Index (BMI) changes between the two groups was also significant. Group A's average BMI decreased by 5, whilst Group B's decreased by 14!
Body Mass Index is a measure of a person's weight relative to their height. It is determined by calculating a person's weight in kilograms divided by their height in metres squared [weight (kg) / height (m)2].
The waistline measurement reductions were also worthy of note. Group A had a 5% reduction, whilst Group B had a 10% reduction.
Green tea benefits compared to 'diet only'
Improved blood lipid profiles
In addition to the impressive green tea benefits regarding weight, BMI and waistline measurement in the supplemented group, there were also green tea benefits associated with blood lipids as well. These changes mean that significant reductions in heart disease risk in addition to improvements in overall health may occur by supplementing with green tea.
For example, total cholesterol decreased by 25% in the supplemented group compared to 10% in the control group; total triglycerides decreased by 33% in the supplemented group compared to 20% in the control group; plasma LDL ('bad' cholesterol) decreased by more than 20% in the supplemented group compared to around 9% in the control group; and HDL ('good' cholesterol) increased in the supplemented group by more than 21% compared to 10% in the control group.
Reduced blood sugar and insulin levels Fasting Blood sugar levels were also better in the supplemented group compared to the control group. Both levels went down by 10% and 8% respectively.
A reduced fasting blood sugar level means that insulin levels were also reduced and the body's ability to burn fat as a fuel source would have improved significantly.
In fact, the researchers found that insulin decreased more than 36% in the supplemented group compared to almost 17% in the control group. This reduction of insulin may be another reason why the Phytosome Green Tea weight loss benefits were so significant.
Increased growth hormone production
Probably one of the most exciting results of this research, apart from the dramatic weight loss, is the fact that growth hormone production increased by 321%!
This is one of the major green tea benefits!
Growth hormone (GH) is one of the body's most powerful lipolytic (fat-burning hormones). In addition to this, it provides major recuperative properties by helping to re-build body tissues like, bone, collagen and muscle. It is known to be a powerful anti-ageing hormone, which means that keeping levels high in the body may slow down the ageing process significantly.
Reduced cortisol production
Another important result of this research is the impact green tea has on cortisol production in the body.
Cortisol is one of the most powerful catabolic hormones in the body. By reducing its production, a whole range of health benefits may be promoted. These include: improved insulin sensitivity, reduced muscle loss, reduced tissue breakdown, increased anabolic hormone production, etc.
The results of the study found that by supplementing with the green tea, cortisol may be reduced by more than 23% compared to the control group who had a reduction in cortisol of a little over 13%.
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Here's an interesting video about the health benefits green tea as well as other teas: