The FASEB Journal published a study confirming useful properties of green tea in the treatment of memory disorders, brain insulin resistance, and slimming. This study has been tested on mice and it was suggested that green tea contains EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). This element can reduce the fructose impact, cause insulin resistance and prevent cognitive disorder.
Up to this point, scientists have known of the possibility of EGCG for the treatment of certain diseases, but information about the effect of EGCG on insulin resistance and cognitive function was unknown.
Green tea is a tasty and refreshing drink, which is the most popular drink in the whole world, except drinking water. Green tea originated in China, but it is also grown in more than 30 countries.
It turns out that this type of tea can be used in medicine to fight weight gain, prevent memory problems, and lower blood sugar levels.
How to consume green tea
Drinking between 2 and 3 cups of hot green tea throughout the day should be sufficient for supplementing weight loss. The exact amount will vary from person to person, depending on how much caffeine they consume and their natural metabolism.
Green tea comes in a number of varieties but, for weight loss, there are unlikely to be significant differences between them. Plain, minimally processed green teas are likely to have retained the richest nutritional content.
Green tea is considered safe to consume. However, care should be taken in some cases, as large doses of caffeine can pose problems for those at risk of heart problems or with high blood pressure.
Other health benefits
Green tea contains a range of different compounds, including:
- B vitamins
- Other antioxidants
It has been associated with several health benefits, including:
- Reducing cholesterol
- Improving heart functioning
- Reducing Alzheimer’s disease risk
- Managing type 2 diabetes
- Having anti-cancer properties
The evidence for many of these claims remains inconclusive, however. For example, a 2009 review of the research linking the consumption of green tea to the prevention of cancer was unable to find any strong evidence supporting the claim.
A more recent 2013 review found some evidence to suggest the consumption of green tea can reduce cholesterol. However, this was based on a small number of short-term studies.
In conclusion, more high-quality, long-term studies are needed to confirm whether green tea is beneficial for any medical conditions.