Jeffrey Blumberg once told me that it’s really important to remember that tea is a plant. It was on the 5th International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health at DC in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Blumberg, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science claim that the tea leaves contain flavonoids that are similar to the beneficial phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables. So it will be probably much easier to get American people to drink more tea than eating the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Furthermore, the tea benefits might even be higher than those gained from just adding some plant food to your diet. Consuming tea daily, will improve mental acuity in older adults, reduce the risks of gastrointestinal cancers and plays an important role in three major health issues:
1. Weight Loss
The green tea has a lot of benefits in this field. It contains caffeine and catechins, both enhance weight loss. Dr. Rick Hursel explains that an increase in an energy expenditure equivalent to burning about 100 extra calories in a 24-hour period associated with drinking green tea. This fact, combined with an increase in blood fat oxidation, was found in Hursel’s research and might explain why subjects lost a 2.9 pounds in average in 12 weeks.
Furthermore, higher weight loss results (twice as much) were found among subjects who were not habitual caffeine users. The conclusion is that the green tea’s effects change by both lifestyle and genetic factors. So in order to get these proven weight loss results, it is recommended to drink 2-3 green tea cups a day.
2. Heart Health
If you just can’t stop craving for fatty foods, Dr. Claudio Ferri will recommend finishing your next fatty meal with a cup of black tea. Ferri found that the black tea will counteract those fat’s negative effects on blood pressure and arterial in both lab rats and human.
While expending his research, Ferri testes over half a million normal individuals who drink one cup of tea per day for a year. This habitual consumption was associated with lower blood pressure that reduces stroke risk in 8-10 percentages.
3. Bone and Muscle Strength
There is a traditional Chinese medicine for osteoporosis combining green tea and Tai Chi. It was investigated by researchers from Texas Tech University Health Science Center on postmenopausal women (who are at extreme risk of osteoporosis). They consumed that medicine for six months (about 4-6 cups a day) and had improved markers for bone formation, increased muscle strength and reduced markers of inflammation.
While osteoporosis in incurable, Dr. Leslie Chen explained that the green tea flavonoids and antioxidants might mitigate the deseases effects and reduces fractures risks.
The button line is that tea, which contains zero calories has excellent benefits to increase bone strength and decrease blood pressure that eventually will help the weight loss process. These benefits are relevant to the whole population.
“Little changes make a big difference” /Jeffrey Blumberg
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