Lose Weight with Green TeaCan green tea assist with weight loss? The Answer: Yes.
Quite simply, an antioxidant in Green Tea helps your body burn calories and therefor loss weight.
We hear everyday how antioxidants are healthy for us. They help to cleanse our bodies and provide much needed nutrients. Green Tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). This antioxidant makes up approximately 25% of all the antioxidants in green tea which is a huge amount. EGCG is one of the main reasons why green tea can help us lose weight; it increases our metabolism. Our metabolism is what converts the fuel from food, and in this case green tea, into energy needed to do everyday activities including moving our bodies and thinking. Through a process called thermogenesis, green tea increases the rate at which our bodies burn calories and convert fuel from food into energy, resulting in a more alkaline system, fewer calories stored in our bodies and ultimately weight loss.
Green tea can also help to stabilize insulin levels which creates an environment for more rapid weight loss. According to Dr. Perricone during an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show in 2004, Dr. Perricone said, “green tea will drop your insulin levels and [your] body fat will fall very rapidly”.
Green tea is also said to help lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol, contain a variety of vitamins and minerals including: Vitamins, A, C, E, Thiamine (B1) and Riboflavin (B2) and increase your metabolism.
When choosing a green tea, it is important to drink high quality green tea, that is organic, free of artificial flavourings and has not been oxidized through light, heat or oxygen. You want to ensure you are drinking a green tea that has been packaged and stored properly. To learn more about this, see our article Importance of Proper Storage for Tea.
To receive the full benefits of green tea, including weight loss, you should ideally consume 3-5 cups of organic green tea daily. You should also consider only consuming good quality organic green tea that has been stored properly and is free of artificial flavourings.
At My Tea Blending Room, you can not only find high quality organic green tea blends that taste great, you can also make your own green tea blend. One tea in particular that received rave reviews was one called Tea for 2:00. It was created by Canadian Culinary Champion, Kelly Cattani, an award winning chef from Elements the Restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
You can buy this and other great green teas on our website or blend your very own. To learn how you can create your own organic green tea blend or another great blend of tea and herbs, check our our blending room.