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Green Tea - Does it help in weight loss?

Green tea - does it help in weight loss?
I have heard that drinking Green Tea is effective in reducing weight. Is it true?
Posted by: Anonymous Posted: 11 year ago Number Of Replies: 3 Number Of Views: 57896
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Re: Green Tea - Does it help in weight loss?
Drinking green tea seems to cut "bad" cholesterol, according to a fresh look at the medical evidence.

The finding may help explain why green tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, the leading killer worldwide, Xin-Xin Zheng and colleagues from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing report.

Because few people in the U.S. drink green tea, encouraging Americans to down more of the brew could have significant health benefits, the researchers write in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Still, one U.S. expert cautioned the drink shouldn't be used as medicine for high cholesterol, as the effect found in the Chinese study was small.

The new report pools the results of 14 previous trials. In each of those studies, researchers randomly divided participants into two groups: one that drank green tea or took an extract for periods ranging from three weeks to three months, and one that got an inactive preparation.

On average, those who got green tea ended up with total cholesterol levels that were 7.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) lower than in the comparison group. Their LDL, or "bad," cholesterol dropped 2.2 mg/dL -- a decrease of slightly less than two percent.

There was no difference in HDL, or "good," cholesterol between the two groups.

The cholesterol-lowering effects of green tea may be due to chemicals known as catechins, which decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, according to the researcher.

However, the cholesterol reduction with green tea is pretty small, cautioned Nathan Wong, who runs the heart disease prevention program at the University of California, Irvine.

He told Reuters Health the drink "should not be recommended in place of well-proven cholesterol-lowering medicines for people with high cholesterol."

Some researchers have raised concerns over possible side effects from heavy consumption of green tea or green tea extracts. For instance, there have been a few dozen reports of liver damage, and green tea may also interact with certain medications to reduce their effectiveness.

Still, Wong said smaller doses of the brew "could be a useful component of a heart-healthy diet," with benefits that may go beyond its effect on cholesterol.

SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online June 29, 2011.
Posted by: Anonymous Posted on: 2011-07-14 01:26:55
Re: Green Tea - Does it help in weight loss?
Well said sir,
A befitting comment
Rajeev Joshi
Posted by: Anonymous Posted on: 2011-06-24 03:21:02
Re: Green Tea - Does it help in weight loss?
Green Tea has been under the weight loss expert's scanner since some time. There is a lot of promotion and marketing around it's various health benefits. Although, there are studies to prove it's weight loss benefits but green tea is not a magic pill.

You cannot lose all your fat by just drinking 5 cups or more of tea. Weight loss is possible only by creating a calorie deficit. Green tea cannot create a calorie that, but yes may be due to it's compounds or heat thermogenesis raise the body metabolism to some level(not as effective as exercising).

Like all tea's Green tea is also a diuretic i.e it increases the urge to pee thus contributing to water loss from body.
Posted by: Anonymous Posted on: 2011-06-07 07:27:30


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