Green Tea
All teas generally come from the same family of plants, Camellia sinensis. Green tea is differentiated from drying a generally lightly processed tea leaf without undergoing withering and oxidation. This is compared to black and other teas which are heavily processed through curing and fermentation, transforming some of its chemicals into more complex forms. Although these processed plants have been shown to be better for boosting your energy, they are less effective in helping you lose weight and other nutritional benefits.

Here are some important tidbits about the benefits of green tea:

Faster metabolism
Green tea is rich in the enzyme catechol-O-methyl transferase which is known to speed up metabolism. With increased metabolism, your body will burn more calories at the same level of physical activity.

Less absorption of fat
Green tea has been shown to inhibit lipolysis. This means that fats in your body from food you eat is not broken down, and therefore not absorbed by your intestines. Since fat is not absorbed, you do not gain weight.

Less risk for cardiovascular disease
Green tea has been shown to be associated with a decrease in risk of death from many cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and stroke. This is mainly because of decreased fats in the circulatory system which is the common cause of these diseases.

Better sugar control
Green tea has been shown to improve the control of sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes. It s believed that aside from affecting body levels of fat, chemicals in green tea also improve the way our body processes sugars and help us not absorb and eliminate these sugars from our systems.

Energy boost
Although not to the same extent as black tea, green tea still has significant amounts of caffeine for that necessary energy boost. It is actually recommended as replacement for those who experience side effects such as palpitations from coffee or black tea.

Protection from cancer
Green tea, being a less processed version of the same plant, has more of the antioxidant benefits of its other tea counterparts. Antioxidants are believed to rid your body of free radicals which have been regarded as perpetuators of certain cancers. This is well established in black teas, but researches in green teas are limited, but pointing also towards that direction.

Helps you reach your daily water intake
Drinking green tea in its pure form, without sugars and other additives, is a good way for you to reach your daily water intake goals. Staying hydrated keeps your skin healthy, makes you more alert, and flushes your body of all unnecessary toxins making you overall a healthier person.

Research has shown almost no indication of bad side effects from drinking tea. People all over the world are encourage to add tea, especially green tea, in their diets not only for better health but also for weight loss. It is important to note, though, that you should not rely on green tea along for weight loss. Green tea should be coupled with lifestyle changes such as exercise and better food choices for a more holistic approach to getting your fitter and sexier body.

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