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Green Tea Protects Against Weight Gain in Mice

green tea extract benefitsAn article published in Obesity reports the finding of a team from Penn State University of a benefit for epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound that occurs in green tea, in reducing weight gain in  a mouse model of obesity.

Joshua D. Lambert and his associates utilized a breed of mice susceptible to the development of diet-induced obesity, type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis.  The mice were allowed to eat as much as they wanted of a high-fat diet, and half were supplemented with EGCG.  After six weeks, mice that received EGCG-enhanced diets were found to have gained weight 44% less rapidly than those tht did not receive the compound. The group that received EGCG also had a 29.4% increase in fecal lipids, indicating a reduction in fat absorption.  In an in vitro experiment, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) was shown to inhibit the pancreas’ production of lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat.

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Although the human equivalent of the amount of EGCG used in this study would be found in ten coups of green tea per day, Dr. Lambert remarked that, “Human data- and there is not a lot at this point – shows that tea drinkers who only consume one or more cups a day will see effects on body weight compared to nonconsumers.”

Other Green Tea Benefits Include:

  • Scavenging reactive oxygen species such as superoxide and the hydroxyl and peroxyl radical
  • Fluid-stabilizing properties
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Boosting the effectiveness of enzymatic phase II detoxification
  • Helping maintain healthy cell proliferation
  • Helping maintain healthy blood cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels already within normal range
  • Enhancing immune function
  • Displaying protective effects on brain tissues
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