Tea Consumption Can Help Weight Loss and Improve Bone Health and Mood
Iced or hot, on any given day, over 158 million individuals in the US consume tea, according to the Tea Association of the USA. And out counterparts in Great Britain drink 165 million cups daily. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, surpassed only by water. Though there have a number of studies about the antioxidant properties in tea, this new study sheds new light on how helpful tea is for our health.
For the study, investigators looked a polyphenols and discovered that they, in addition to the caffeine content, boosted energy expenditure and fat oxidation, which led to weight loss and aided in healthy weight maintenance. One study demonstrated that participants who drank green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds over the course of 12 weeks, while they maintained their normal diet.
Another group of researchers found that the polyphenols in green tea also help stop the progression of certain cancers. One study found that 30% of men in a placebo group had their prostate cancer progress compared with only 9% of men in a tea-supplemented group.
Another benefit of the polyphenols that exist in green tea includes boosting bone quality and strength, especially in the wake of osteoporosis. Tea drinking was found by one study to be linked with a 30% lowered risk of hip fractures in men and women over the age of 50.
Drinking tea can also elevate a person’s mood. Another study found that drinking 2-3 cups of tea within 90 minutes led to more accurate results during an attention task and feelings of being more alert, compared to drinking placebo.
The study researchers conclude, "Humans have been drinking tea for some 5,000 years, dating back to the Paleolithic period," says Prof. Blumberg. "Modern research is providing the proof that there are real health benefits to gain from enjoying this ancient beverage."
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