If you don’t live under a rock, I am sure that you have heard about green tea and the role it plays in weight loss.
And if you do live under a rock, well, welcome to the world. It’s so nice to see you here! Okay, kidding.
But in all seriousness, green tea extract is the bee’s knees and will help your body to stimulate fat burning and provide your body with many health benefits as well.
History of Green Tea
Let’s look at a few Asian Cultures as an example. Long ago, before the western world had discovered the deliciousness and benefits that green tea had to offer, green tea was first used as a medicine.
It was regarded as an important part of health maintenance. Traditional doctors would use green tea extract to treat patients and found that it could help clear the mind, improve mood, relax the liver, and could be used to treat some health problems. Helping it to become a medicine of choice throughout Asia.
In modern times, we have come to confirm these beliefs about green tea. As we are now using green tea more and more because of the many health benefits associated with it. Have you noticed the multitudes of companies that are incorporating green tea into their products, and why there are many companies out there where their main focus IS green tea?
Oh you have? Yeah, that’s because countless studies have proven its effectiveness. We have hopped on this green tea bandwagon and don’t ever see ourselves getting off.
About Green Tea Extract & Camellia Sinensis
Camellia sinensis. Ever heard of it?
All types of tea, except for herbal teas, are brewed from the dried leaves of this bush. Green tea comes from the unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis and it is one of the less processed types of tea, which also makes it one of the best.
Green tea is considered to be one of the healthiest beverages out there. It is loaded with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and other beneficial nutrients.
Polyphenols are micronutrients that are found in our diets that play a role in the prevention of degenerative diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases. They also intensify levels of fat oxidation. The polyphenols found in green tea are called catechins.
Catechins, Catch my Drift?
When looking at green tea, the part that we want to pay the most attention to is the catechins (pronounced cat-e-kins). Catechins are powerful antioxidants found in green tea. They work in the body by inhibiting the breakdown of norepinephrine.
When norepinephrine increases, the hormone is used to signal to fat cells and tells them to break down fat. This fat breaks down and is sent to the blood stream to be used as energy.
Antiobesity effects are most often attributed to the polyphenolic portion of green tea, specifically the catechins. Studies show how the ingestion of tea that is rich in catechins will lead to a reduction in body fat.
From there we can break down catechins even more. There are a few different types of catechins, EGCG being one of those. Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG is the most abundant catechin in green tea making up 50-80% of the content.
EGCG works to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis which will result in weight loss. EGCG also has powerful antioxidant effects against free radicals to help promote a healthier you.
There are many different forms of green tea ranging from loose-leaf, tea bags, powders, extract, supplements and more. We want to focus on green tea extract today.
Fat Burning and Weight Loss Benefits of Green Tea Extract
Green tea is considered to be a thermogenic. Thermogenics work to increase calorie burn to help you to burn more fat. Many studies have been conducted to test the truthfulness of this claim.
Molecular Nutrition and Food Research conducted a study to look at the effect that green tea had on human studies who added green tea to their diets. The study reported that there was reduced body weight and fat and increased fat oxidation and thermogenesis on those who added green tea extract to their diets.
Green Tea Extract and Caffeine
In the right amounts and via the right sources, caffeine is a proven stimulant that has been shown to aid in fat burning. Caffeine can work to suppress your appetite for a brief time and can stimulate thermogenesis. And while caffeine alone will not result in drastic weight loss, combining green tea and caffeine… magic.
Green tea and caffeine work together to help boost metabolism and reduce body fat.
A study was conducted by Maastricht University on the effects of green tea and caffeine for weight loss. The group who received a green tea and caffeine mixture experienced reduced body weight, weight size and body fat.
This group also experienced improved leptin level and experienced less hunger. They were also better able to manage their weight after their weight-loss period was over.