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Green tea for weight loss

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1) Boost your metabolism

Drinking green tea may increase your metabolism and reduce body fat and weight – it’ll also help to keep you hydrated, which is vital for maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.

2) More benefits than your diet cola

Think ‘diet’ means ‘better’? Think again. Guzzling diet versions of fizzy drinks can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in women by a huge 60 per cent, according to a new study by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in France. It’s thought that aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in diet soda, has a similar negative effect on blood glucose to the sucrose used in ordinary soft drinks. Swap your can of diet or regular cola for a cup of green tea for a beverage with serious benefits.

3) Reduce your risk of stroke

Sipping on a cup of green tea every day could slash the risk of stroke by up to a third, according to the latest large-scale study. We’ll pop the kettle on for that!

4) The fat-burner

This waist-trimming tea is crammed with antioxidants called catechins and just enough caffeine to give you a buzz without leaving you wired. A study published in the journal Obesity found that EGCG, a powerful compound in the brew, helped slow down weight gain.

5) Better runs

Brew up a cup of green tea for faster, longer runs. Research from Colorado State University found that the tea’s main antioxidant, EGCG, can improve your V02 max – a measure of how efficiently your body uses oxygen.

6) Memory aid

Green tea doesn’t just help your heart and ward off wrinkles. A pot of the fragrant brew can also help sharpen your memory. A study by the Third Military Medical University in China found EGCG also helps to improve cognitive function by boosting the generation of neural progenitor cells.

(Source: health-heaven)

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TOP 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING TEA 

1. Tea contains antioxidants. Like the Rust-Oleum  paint that keeps your outdoor furniture from rusting, tea’s antioxidants  protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of  pollution.
2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually  has two to three times the caffeine of tea (unless you’re a fan of  Morning Thunder, which combines caffeine with mate, an herb that acts  like caffeine in our body). An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around  135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking  coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or  interferes with sleep — switch to tea.
3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.  Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause  heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth  and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear. A  5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of  fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of  black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
4. Tea protects your bones. It’s not just the milk  added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea  drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or  more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body  weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest  that this may be the work of tea’s many beneficial phytochemicals.
5. Tea gives you a sweet smile. One look at the  grimy grin of Austin Powers and you may not think drinking tea is good  for your teeth, but think again. It’s the sugar added to it that’s  likely to blame for England’s bad dental record. Tea itself actually  contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. So add  unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and  flossing for healthier teeth and gums.
6. Tea bolsters your immune defenses. Drinking tea  may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. When 21  volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four  weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the  tea drinkers.
7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the  polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their  cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive,  there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of  drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.
8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and  makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn’t  contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research  has shown that the caffeine really doesn’t matter — tea  and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid  needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is  concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated  beverage at one time.
9. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn’t have any  calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer  calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you’re  looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.
10. Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people  complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight.  Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that  you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of  green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just  by drinking green tea. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will  also burn calories.

TOP 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING TEA 


1. Tea contains antioxidants. Like the Rust-Oleum paint that keeps your outdoor furniture from rusting, tea’s antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.

2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea (unless you’re a fan of Morning Thunder, which combines caffeine with mate, an herb that acts like caffeine in our body). An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep — switch to tea.

3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.

4. Tea protects your bones. It’s not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea’s many beneficial phytochemicals.

5. Tea gives you a sweet smile. One look at the grimy grin of Austin Powers and you may not think drinking tea is good for your teeth, but think again. It’s the sugar added to it that’s likely to blame for England’s bad dental record. Tea itself actually contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.

6. Tea bolsters your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.

7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.

8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn’t contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research has shown that the caffeine really doesn’t matter — tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.

9. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you’re looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.

10. Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will also burn calories.

 PomegranateThis fall fruit has higher antioxidant activity than red wine and green tea, which may be why a number of studies show it may prevent skin cancer and kill breast and prostate cancer cells. This healthy fruit also helps:
 Fight Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at Loma Linda University found that mice who drank pomegranate juice experienced 50% less brain degeneration than animals that consumed only sugar water. The pomegranate drinkers also did better in mazes and tests as they aged.
 Guard your arteries A group of diabetics who drank about 2 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for 3 months kept their bodies from absorbing bad cholesterol into their immune system cells (a major contributing factor to hardened arteries), discovered Israeli researchers.

 Pomegranate
This fall fruit has higher antioxidant activity than red wine and green tea, which may be why a number of studies show it may prevent skin cancer and kill breast and prostate cancer cells. This healthy fruit also helps:

 Fight Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at Loma Linda University found that mice who drank pomegranate juice experienced 50% less brain degeneration than animals that consumed only sugar water. The pomegranate drinkers also did better in mazes and tests as they aged.

 Guard your arteries A group of diabetics who drank about 2 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for 3 months kept their bodies from absorbing bad cholesterol into their immune system cells (a major contributing factor to hardened arteries), discovered Israeli researchers.

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