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A randomised, controlled, prospective study involving 35 obese people with metabolic syndrome, indicated that green tea supplementation may help reduce their body weight and BMI (body mass index), improve their lipid profile and decrease damage to their cells(oxidative stress). The people were broken up into 3 groups, the control group was given 4 cups of water per day, and another group was given 4 cups of green tea per day and the last group 2 capsules containing green tea extract. This occurred for an 8 week period. At the end of the 8 weeks a significant decrease in body weight and BMI was observed in the green tea groups, compared with the control group. Additionally, green tea supplementation was associated with decrease in LDL(bad) cholesterol, LDL/ HDL(good) ratio, and significant decrease in markers of cell damage (oxidative stress) malondialdehyde (MDA) and hydroxynonenals (HNE), compared to the other 2 groups. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “that Green tea beverage consumption (4 cups per day) or extract supplementation (2 capsules per day) for 8 weeks significantly decreases body weight and BMI. Green tea beverage further lowered lipid peroxidation versus age-and gender-matched controls, suggesting the role of green tea flavonoids in improving features of metabolic syndrome in obese patients.”
Greg’s Comments: Green tea contains many substances that not only help your body metabolise fat but improve your immune function, cardiovascular system, nervous system, prevent cancer, mood disorders liver and kidney function plus more. So having a couple of cups a day or taking it as a supplement makes great sense for your future health. Our Pure Innovation Green Tea Extract supplement has a very high potency of green tea; 1 capsule equals 6 cups of green tea.
Reference: “Green Tea Supplementation Affects Body Weight, Lipids, and Lipid Peroxidation in Obese Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome,” Basu A, Lyons TJ, et al, J Am Coll Nutr, 2010; 29(1): 31-40. (Address: Nutritional Sciences, 301 Human Environmental Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ).