Is any other drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression and it has now become one of the world’s most popular beverages. It appears to reduce the risk for a wide range of illnesses and is also used to aid weight loss. Researchers have found that drinking five cups of green tea a day can burn up to 70 to 80 calories, which translates to about seven pounds a year.
Because of green tea’s minimal processing — its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas, green tea’s unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea, are more concentrated.
EGCG account for about half of the total catechins content in green tea and appear to be the most powerful of all the catechins. Their antioxidant value is about 25-100 times more potent than Vitamins C and E. Just one cup of green tea provides 30-40mg of polyphenols and has the antioxidant power greater than one 4 oz. serving of carrots, broccoli, spinach or strawberries.
Green Tea for Weight Loss
Green tea is thermogenic and helps burn extra calories. It increases energy that is expended and helps oxidize fats. One of the antioxidants in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been found to stimulate the metabolism and accelerate weight loss.
EGCG, along with the caffeine in green tea, stimulates the central nervous system and causes fat to be released into the blood stream for the body to use as fuel. This process of fat being used for energy is called "thermogenesis". It provides extra energy, sheds excess water, and also helps to burn body fat.
How Much do you Need?
Most of the research showing the health benefits of green tea is based on the amount of green tea typically consumed in Asian countries-about 3 cups per day (which would provide 240-320 mg of polyphenols). Just one cup of green tea supplies 20-35 mg of EGCG, which has the highest antioxidant activity of all the green tea catechins.
Adding green tea to your diet is simple and inexpensive. Green tea is available at most health food and grocery stores. You can also gain the benefits of green tea by taking a supplement that contains green tea.
Healthy Choice Naturals Green Tea Extract is a convenient way to get the health benefits of green tea in a highly concentrated form. Each capsule contains 500mg of standardized Green Tea Extract. Our extract is naturally extracted and just 2 capsules contain the antioxidant power of drinking 10 cups of green tea.