Green tea is perhaps one of the world’s most readily available medicinal plant extracts and has long been used as a gentle stimulant as well as a potent antioxidant, astringent, and diuretic. However modern research, as summarized in a new paper2, has found that green tea can also help boost the body’s metabolism which in turn aids weight loss.
Green tea has more than 300 biologically active substances with the most important compounds among them thought to be catechins, which in recent studies have been seen to be the components in the tea that help to reduce body fat2-5. Green tea has also been seen to be to help lower appetite by preventing a sudden rise in glucose levels6, and help weight loss by promoting fat oxidation7.
The new Green Tea Diet Blend from Natur Boutique takes Green Tea’s weight loss properties to a new level by combining it with two further natural ingredients to create a weight loss aid with a difference.
The blend contains the rare and exotic Java tea (Orthosiphon stamineus), which is a powerful antioxidant8, 9, and therefore aids the body with removal of unwanted waste molecules, helping you lose weight safely.
The last of the three intriguing ingredients in the blend is Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). The sweet flavour the root imparts offers a diet friendly sweetness to the tea whilst it is also thought to be able to help with weight loss by reducing fat acclumilation10, 11.
Combined the benefits of these three plants come together to produce a tea that not only tastes fantastic but if drunk daily could help you lose weight….what more could you want from a cuppa!
Natur Boutique’s Green Tea Blend is available from www.drinkherbaltea.co.uk
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2. Green tea catechins, caffeine and body-weight regulation. Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Physiol Behav. 2010 Apr 26;100(1):42-6. Epub 2010 Feb 13.
3. Green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced abdominal fat loss in overweight and obese adults. Maki KC et al. J Nutr. 2009 Feb;139(2):264-70. Epub 2008 Dec 11.
4. Effectiveness of green tea on weight reduction in obese Thais: A randomized, controlled trial. Auvichayapat P et al. Physiol Behav. 2008 Feb 27;93(3):486-91. Epub 2007 Oct 18.
5. Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men. Nagao T, Komine Y, Soga S, Meguro S, Hase T, Tanaka Y, Tokimitsu I. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jan;81(1):122-9.
6 Ambivalent role of gallated catechins in glucose tolerance in humans: a novel insight into non-absorbable gallated catechin-derived inhibitors of glucose absorption.
Park JH, Jin JY, Baek WK, Park SH, Sung HY, Kim YK, Lee J, Song DK. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Dec;60(4):101-9.
7. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. Dulloo AG, Duret C, Rohrer D, Girardier L, Mensi N, Fathi M, Chantre P, Vandermander J. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Dec;70(6):1040-5.
8. Orthosiphon stamineus leaf extract protects against ethanol-induced gastropathy in rats. Yam MF, Ang LF, Salman IM, Ameer OZ, Lim V, Ong LM, Ahmad M, Asmawil MZ, Basir R. J Med Food. 2009 Oct;12(5):1089-97.
9. An investigation of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of Orthosiphon stamineus leaf extract. Yam MF, Asmawi MZ, Basir R. J Med Food. 2008 Jun;11(2):362-8
10. The molecular mechanism underlying the reduction in abdominal fat accumulation by licorice flavonoid oil in high fat diet-induced obese rats. Honda K, Kamisoyama H, Tominaga Y, Yokota S, Hasegawa S. Anim Sci J. 2009 Oct;80(5):562-9.
11. Investigation of the anti-obesity action of licorice flavonoid oil in diet-induced obese rats. Kamisoyama H, Honda K, Tominaga Y, Yokota S, Hasegawa S. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2008 Dec;72(12):3225-31. Epub 2008 Dec 7.