– EN Fitness & Wellbeing – Drinking green tea could help obese people shed weight, according to a new study.
Research carried out on mice showed that rodents fed a diet of two per cent green tea extract fared far better at slimming down than those who were put on a diet without it.
Experts believe the benefits seen in the new study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, appear to stem from green tea improving your gut health by encouraging healthy bacteria.
“This study provides evidence that green tea encourages the growth of good gut bacteria, and that leads to a series of benefits that significantly lower the risk of obesity,” said study author Dr. Richard Bruno, from Ohio State University.
Negative changes in the balance of bacteria in the gut have previously been linked to obesity, and green tea has been found to promote healthy bacteria, but scientists hope the study shows conclusive proof green tea could be a real help to obese people.
“The results of studies looking at obesity management so far have been a real mixed bag,” Dr. Bruno explained. “Some seem to support green tea for weight loss, but a lot of other research has shown no effect, likely due to the complexity of the diet relative to a number of lifestyle factors. “Our goal is to figure out how it prevents weight gain. This will lead to better health recommendations.”
Green tea has long been loved for its soothing properties in Asian countries and is now widely embraced by health conscious Westerners, as it contains catechins, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. The compound is even thought to reduce your risk of getting cancer activity and to lower risk of heart and liver disease.