it is hard to deny the positive health benefits of green tea especially those related to green tea weight loss. So in case you didn’t know, there are a ton of studies out there where scientists are trying to find the actually benefits of green tea on someone’s weight.
Here’s what they found so far:
A Dutch study divided participants in three groups: caffeinated green tea drinkers, non-caffeinated green tea drinkers, and placebo. They found that the participants in the first group lost the most weight on average over the course of the study. They found that people who drank the non-caffeinated drink also reduced their waistline size and their body weight.
Scientists in Japan conducted another three month study. Here, they used two hundred and forty Japanese men and women as test subjects. Each participant was given varying amounts of green tea extract throughout the day. They found that the participants who drank the highest concentration of green tea extract lost the most fat and weight out of all of the test subjects. That same group of people were also tested with lower blood pressure and a lower ‘bad’ cholesterol count than they had at the beginning of the study.
Likewise, a study in the United States found that men who drank a combined beverage of green tea extract and caffeine burned more calories per day than a group with just caffeine and a placebo group.
While studies vary in how they test the effects of green tea, it is possible to suggest that green tea does in fact help with weight loss.
The history of green tea is actually quite interesting. The consumption of green tea in China began more than 4,000 years ago. Back then, the Chinese found that there were many green tea benefits, such as eliminating headaches and aiding with digestion. Green tea was used for medicinal purposes as well as a traditional beverage. In many parts of Asia, different cultures throughout history used green tea to heal wounds, bleeding, and to regulate the body’s blood sugar and temperature.
In fact, there was even a book in 600-900 CE about how one should prepare and drink a cup of green tea properly. This is very important because it explains that while there was research on green tea then. However, what is more important is that the different cultures valued green tea so much to want to preserve its history in a book.
Even in 1121 C.E. there were books about the health benefits of drinking green tea. Author Eisai, a Zen priest, described how green tea could be used to cure certain diseases, hangovers, and infections. Similarly, he continues to describe how green tea could be used as a stimulant to improve digestion, urinary and brain functions. This is very interesting because the impact of green tea was so important to healers and priests that they had to write about it. Without these primary documents, we might not know the rich history and impact of green tea in Asia and how it became increasingly popular around the world. Who knew that such a drink is as rich in nutrients as it is in history?