Millions of people drink green tea to lose weight. Chinese and Japanese have used green tea for many years but only recently did the researches on green tea health benefits reached the Western countries.
One of the reasons why green tea is popular among those wanting to shed some pounds is because of the green tea metabolism benefit.
Do you know that drinking green tea can increase the metabolic rates of your body and speeds up fat oxidation. The thermogenic properties of green tea are responsible for fat oxidation of the body and are attributed to green tea caffeine. This is according to an author from the University of Geneva, Abdul G. Dulloo.
Some people say that this study may not be possible with obese persons but having interviewed many people who drink tea on regular basis, they have proven that green tea can really help lose weight. However,it takes more than just drinking green tea! Green tea plus good nutrition and an exercise routine can boost the metabolic benefit to lose weight and be fit.
Remember that green tea provides powerful antioxidants, the flavonoids, which prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke. It is also good for your teeth.
Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a cancer-fighting antioxidant which can help prevent different forms of cancer such as lung, esophageal, gastric, skin, ovarian, and colon cancers.
Drinking at least 2 cups of green tea a day can reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and decrease heart attacks.
Green tea also has bacteria-killing properties and helps protect your teeth from plague and your mouth from gum disease and bad breath. Fluoride in green tea protects against teeth cavities.
Since green tea also contains caffeine, you can substitute a cup of green tea if you are a coffee drinker. That means you get a daily boost in your metabolic processes when you take green tea regularly.
Green tea is available in many forms, tea bags, capsules and powder. Whatever form you choose, you are sure to get green tea benefits although you can save more if you choose green tea bags.