Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Oprah's Weight-Loss Secret
It's tea time. Green tea, to be more specific. Oprah swears by it, and so do plenty of other dieters. Although it's only in the last decade that green tea has been making headlines, green tea has actually been a popular staple in a Chinese medicine for almost 4,000 years. Numerous studies have found that the components in green tea benefit overall wellness, as well as weight loss. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and has the greatest concentration of polyphenols, which happen to be antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize disease causing free radicals that contribute to the aging process and lead to deadly diseases such as cancer and heart disease. In mice, studies have found that green tea burns fat, even more so when combined with exercise. A second study found that green tea also promotes fat burning and reduces cholesterol. And the results aren't just limited to animal studies.