Green Tea Benefits – What’s Hot, and What’s Hype?

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If you love green tea, there’s a lot to love – good for you! (I, personally, think it’s bitter.)

If you don’t love green tea, maybe you should try to love it. (I blend green tea with other teas and have found the perfect amount of stevia for my taste.)

The problem with green tea isn’t the tea, itself. It’s the hype. And there’s no need for it. Green tea benefits are real, but just not miracles.
You’d almost think that green tea could melt away both body fat and cancer in a few weeks if you believed all the articles you find around the web.

Let’s separate fact from fiction:

Green Tea Benefits Almost Every System In the Body

The heart

The liver

Body fat levels

The brain

The nervous sytem

Blood sugar

Cancer protection

 
Green tea benefits all of these and more. So it’s no joke.

Green Tea Can Help With Body Fat, But……

Please know that no supplement or tea causes you to drop three pant sizes in 14 days. (I know; hard to believe, based on all the magazine ads you see.)

But green tea does have positive fat-burning effects. In the research, it’s called “lipid oxidation”.

Those fat-burning effects begin when people are consuming high levels of a compound in green tea called EGCG. It’s hard to get the 500 mgs of EGCG (used in the some studies) by drinking green tea, alone, so supplemental EGCG is a good option for many people.

BUT….(you knew a BUT was coming)….
The fat-burning effects seem to be linked to the caffeine interacting with the EGCG in the tea.
It also seems to work better when the person isn’t used to consuming caffeine all the time.

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In other words, if you regularly consume caffeine in tea or coffee (or supplementally), the fat-burning effects of the EGCG-caffeine combo just don’t work that well.

But of course, if you are new to caffeine, and you start drinking green tea and supplementing with even more EGCG, you may get some marginal fat-burning…but it’ll last only until your body starts becoming accustomed to caffeine. Then it slows down.

Now, when you read the actual studies, you discover that Yes, the EGCG and caffeine do have some fat oxidizing effects. But it’s just not that profound. The word “insignificant” shows up a lot with regard to actual pounds lost, or waist circumference shrinking.

But because technically, it does increase fat-burning a tiny bit, marketers have exploited that fact to make it seem like you’ll be razor thin almost instantly with green tea extract in your supplement regimen. (They may even have “before and after” photos. As if those aren’t easy to fake.)

Green tea and green tea extract are both great. Just not in the way that some supplement companies would like you to believe.

Green Tea and Cancer

Let’s be clear: If you have cancer, don’t think of green tea or green tea extracts as cures. You deserve to be told the truth.

On the other hand, green tea may be able to enhance cancer prevention strategies, and may be useful as part of a comprehensive nutritional program to help cancer patients.