Most of the weight loss/fat burning supplements on the market have green tea extracts as one of the key active ingredients within them. But does it work? If so, how?
First of all, the claims surrounding green tea extract don’t end on it’s fat burning ability. It’s claimed that it can:
- Significantly increases fat metabolism
- Increases weight loss
- Lowers the level of the “bad” LDL cholesterol
- Increases the level of the “good” HDL cholesterol
- Reduces the risk of some cancers (specifically breast cancer)
- Protects against damage from UV radiation
All of the above with no side effects what so ever!!
I mean that sounds like the ideal weight loss supplement. What’s even better is the research backs it up!
A lot of research has been done into green tea extract, and it all shows that it accelerates the fat burning processes within the body. It’s been proposed that it does by either increasing the amount of noradrenalin within the body, or prolonging the effects of noradrenaline on thermogenesis. It does this by inhibiting a key enzyme – catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) which would normally breakdown it down.
It’s also been shown that it can lower LDL cholesterole levels while increasing that of HDL. This means that when green tea extract increases the metabolic rate, it has no effect ont he heart rate thus making it safe for those with high blood pressure/heart/circulatory disease.
Green tea extracts also demonstrates some anti-oxident properties, ones that make it a strong chemopreventative (reduces the risk of cancer). It does so by inhibiting signalling complexes responsible for tumour cell migration and cell invasion. It’s also been shown to some protection against the cell-DNA damaging effects of Ultra Violet light and therefore may help to reduce the risk of skin cancer
If you decide to take green tea extract, you should take a 1.3g capsule anything from 1 to 3 times a day aiming ideally for 2 tablets a day, ideally with meals. Make sure that the potency is no less that 90% to ensure you get the full gains.
In summary, green tea extract works a treat! It’s been proven that it’s a highly effective fat burner by increasing the body’s metabolic rate. It’s also been shown that it has a potent anti-cancer effect. It also can be used with people with high blood pressure and heart/circulatory problems since it doesn’t affect the heart rate.
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