Green Tea Helps Mice Control Their Weight. Is The Same True For Humans?

It would be too good to be true if scientists learned that the key to weight loss or weight management is something as simple as green tea.  While we know that green tea isn’t the answer to all of our problems, studies continue to show that it could be a factor if other principles are applied.

Mice On Green Tea Gained Weight More Slowly

The most recent findings come from food scientists at Penn State that had two groups of mice.  Both were fed a high-fat diet.  One group was fed Epigalloocatechin-3-gallate (EGCC) which is a compound found in green tea.  The mice that received the EGCC gained weight more slowly than the ones that did not receive the compound.

Joshua Lambert, one of the scientists working on the research project, says that EGCC reduced the ability to absorb fat and increased the ability to use fat.  There was no evidence that the EGCC helped with appetite suppression.

If humans were to mimic the consumption of the green tea substance used on the mice they would have to consume ten cups of tea a day.  That’s not practical, however Lambert believes two to three cups of green tea per day could help control weight.  Research studies on the effects of green tea on weight control in humans have been limited in number.  The jury is still out, but even if it isn’t a magic weight-loss potion it certainly has health benefits beyond weight control.

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Go Beyond Weight Control

A report from Harvard Medical School in 2004 claims that it is the flavonoids and catechins that makes tea such a health bonus.  Green teas powerful antioxidants help “halt oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties.”  The health publication reports there is a correlation between green tea and a reduced risk for some cancers including skin, breast, lung and colon.

The study also mentions that to capture the health benefits, tea should be freshly brewed and seeped for three to five minutes.  Pre-packaged bottled beverages do not contain the same amount of antioxidants.

Studies have been conducted using small research groups and all have shown green tea to have a positive impact on overall health and help with weight management when a healthy lifestyle is practiced.  Green tea can enhance the gains that people derive from healthy behaviors such as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and getting daily exercise.

Mega-T Green Tea Dietary Supplements

Green tea supplements, such as Mega-T, promise to promote dramatic weight loss, burn fat, and increase metabolism.  There have been no studies to substantiate these claims. Plus most supplements don’t contain green tea extract alone.  Many of them contain other ingredients, including caffeine, herbs, calcium and miscellaneous elements.

Taking green tea supplements probably won’t hurt you unless you have liver problems. but again, the benefits from green tea are most prevalent when the tea is brewed, seeped, drank and enjoyed.

Brew, Seep and Enjoy 

Green tea, cold or hot, is a refreshing drink on a warm summer day or a comforting beverage on a chilly autumn night.  Plus it can be found in an assortment of flavors if a little variety is your cup of tea.

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