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Green Tea Increases Metabolism

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Green Tea Extract Increases Metabolism, May Aid in Weight Loss!

Green Tea There are two ways to get weight off - either reduce energy intake, or increase energy expenditure. Because hypothyroidism -- even after treatment -- may reduce energy expenditure in some people, patients naturally are looking for options that can help safely help raise their metabolism.

In a study reported on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that Green Tea Extract# resulted in a significant increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism), plus also had a significant effect on fat oxidation. While some of the effects were originally theorized to be due to the caffeine content of green tea, the researchers discovered that the tea actually has properties that go beyond those that would be explained by the caffeine.

The same amount of caffeine as was in the green tea, administered alone, failed to change energy expenditure in other studies. This led reseachers to believe that there is some interaction going on with the active ingredients of green tea that promotes increased metabolism and fat oxidation.

The researchers indicated that their findings have substantial implications for weight control. A 4 percent overall increase in 24-hour energy expenditure was attributed to green tea extract; however, the research found that the extra expenditure took place during the daytime.

This led them to conclude that, since thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) contributes 8 to 10 percent of daily energy expenditure in a typical subject, that this 4 percent overall increase in energy expenditure due to the green tea actually translated to a 35 to 43 percent increase in daytime thermogenesis.

Green Tea Fights Bad Breath

In other recent news, a study gives green tea another reason why we should love it!

A study from Israel's Institute of Technology has found the antioxidants in green tea called polyphenols can destroy the compounds that lead to bad breath and tooth decay.

The producers of TheraBreath have known this for some time. TheraBreath PLUS Oral Rinse is the only mouthwash on the market with a stable green tea formula. It tastes great and works effectively to eliminate even chronic halitosis and now this new study just confirms what we've always known. Get your own supply of Thera Breath Plus Plus Extra Strength Oral Rinse with Oxyd-8 and Zinc from the official Therabreath web site.

Pineapple Green Tea Recipe

Fresh pineapple Adding pineapple to green tea increases many of its benefits, specifically the catechins, which help to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes. Pineapple tea can be served either hot or cold.

1/2 cup brewed green tea, steeped for 5 minutes
2/3 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

Place everything in a blender and blend until frothy. Serve immediately. Makes one serving.
Nutrition information: Calories: 101; Fat: 0.2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 4mg; Carbohydrates: 24.3g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Protein: 0.7g

Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

This is a two part recipe: First freeze the green tea ice cubes, and then make the smoothie. Don't be tempted to use water ice cubes because the green tea adds a lush but subtle flavor that pairs nicely with the blueberries.

Fresh blueberries on the vine The green tea also adds lots of health benefits and promotes weight loss.

1 cup brewed green tea, cooled
1-1/2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen blueberries
1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 to 6 green tea ice cubes

Pour the tea into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Place blueberries, yogurt, vanilla, lemon juice and 4 green tea ice cubes in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Nutrition information:  Calories: 102; Fat: 1.3g; Saturated Fat: 0.6g; Cholesterol: 4mg; Sodium: 44mg; Carbohydrates: 20.2g; Dietary Fiber: 2.6g; Protein: 4g

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