Green tea, made exclusively from the leaves of Camellia Sinesis, has been used in China for more than 4,000 years. It has been traditionally used for its health benefits, which include a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease, improved healing, improved cognitive health, improved digestion, reduced cholesterol, and more.
Green tea is a potent antioxidant, even more so than black tea, due to its high concentration of flavonoids, a chemical substance that causes the coloring in plants and has important anti-oxidative and anti-carcinogenic health benefits. The content of flavonoids in green tea is even higher than most fruits and vegetables per volume. The extract of green tea, containing caffeine and polyphenols, is what causes thermogenesis and fat burning. Green tea extract is one of the safest and most widely used fat burning, metabolism boosting supplements.
Green tea is also one of the world’s most studied plants for its health and weight- loss benefits for humans. One study, performed at the University of Birmingham, showed that average fat oxidation rates were 17% higher after consumption of green tea extract than after ingestion of a placebo. This is just an example of one of many studies that confirm the potency and effectiveness of this amazing plant for weight loss and fat burning. In general, studies conducted on green tea wind up with the same relative conclusions; that it’s a powerful plant with countless health and well-being benefits.
Most green tea contains the following beneficial substances:
- vitamin C
Drinking green tea can be a great alternative for those that don’t drink coffee, as it’s also a natural source of caffeine. Green tea always contains caffeine unless you buy decaffeinated green tea which can be a good option for drinking late at night. You’ll still obtain the same health benefits with decaffeinated green tea, however, it will not increase thermogenesis or burn fat. Drinking regular, caffeinated green tea can provide a boost in energy, but still lacks the potency to be effective as a fat burner. If you’re interested in green tea for its weight loss and fat burning properties, then I highly recommend taking a supplement that contains green tea extract. The extract of green tea will increase thermogenesis, whereas drinking tea will not provide enough caffeine or polyphenols to burn fat.
Green tea extract supplements are milder that many other thermogenic supplements, so they can be a great alternative for those that can’t handle the more intense fat burners that can make some people jittery and in some cases, even sick to their stomachs. Most people who use green tea supplements for their energy boosting or weight loss/fat burning qualities don’t experience any unpleasant side effects, but still see prominent results.
If you’re more interested in the health benefits of green tea, drinking it is the best way to go, and if your goals are weight loss/fat burning, green tea extract is best for you. No matter what your goals are, green tea is a great addition to any diet/supplement plan.