Green tea benefits are extensively researched and documented. Apart from the many other benefits green teas are widely known for their weight loss benefits and have become very popular among the fitness conscious people and weight watchers. Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. The culture originated in china, and soon became popular throughout Asia. These days it has become a craze in the west, as everyone wants to resort to a healthy way of life, cut the fat and look sleek and slim.
How does green tea induce weight loss?
Green tea is processed less than the other types of teas, this enhances its fat burning properties making it great for weight loss. If you are trying to get rid of some excess fat, green tea can be the best way to boost the process. It has Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) the most active form of catechins and caffeine. These catechins and caffeine contents work in synergy thus making green tea extremely beneficial for weight loss. It is also has antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits. It causes increased metabolism thus helping you lose weight.
Benefits of green tea that help in a healthy weight loss process
Reduces stress and fatigue
Increases the body metabolism
Activates the genes in fat cells that produce heat and burn fat
Affects the adipose tissues favourably to support weight loss
How to brew green tea?
Green tea is brewed by letting the tea leaves steep in hot water. Usually 2 grams of tea steeped for almost 30 seconds in 100 ml water gives a perfect flavour, however the measure and steeping time of tea also depends on personal taste as well as the variety of tea used. Steeping for too long can make the tea bitter.
If you want to add a distinct flavour and some more benefits to your cup of green tea try adding one or a combination of the following ingredients, let these ingredients steep in along with the tea for added flavours:
Tulsi leaves (holy basil)
Other benefits of green tea
Green tea also consists of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherols, carotenoids, minerals such as manganese, chromium, selenium or zinc, and certain phytochemical compounds. Apart from weight loss it has various other benefits:
Controls blood insulin levels from increasing by causing the carbohydrates to be released slowly
Helps the liver flush out all the toxins from the body, aids healing of the liver and is helpful in recovering from hepatitis B infection
Helps reduce sebum production and kills bacteria causing acne
The catechins in green tea are also responsible for inhibiting growth of cancer
Its anti inflammatory benefits help counter conditions such as ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome and crohn’s disease.
Its anti bacterial properties also remove dental plaque, and keep up oral hygiene.