It's also the one that has generated the most attention from people here in the United States..
Scientific researchers have proven that this type of tea not only helps the body burn existing fat; but also helps suppress the appetite.
Needless to say, overeating is a key cause of people being overweight.
Catechins are natural polyphenols which are found in great concentrations in green tea.
Studies show these plant-based elements seem to stimulate the body into burning fat.
Study Group Loses Twice as Much Weight: One such study used a group of men of similar weight based on their Body Mass Index (BMI).
For three months they eat identical meals at breakfast and dinner.
These subjects were also under strict instructions to control their fat and caloric intake in order to maintain near identical diets.
After just three months the men who were drinking green tea lost almost twice as much weight as the group drinking oolong tea.
One of the researchers, Mr.
Nago stated, "These results suggest that Catechins contribute to the prevention of and improvement in various lifestyle-related diseases, particularly obesity," 20% Slimmer With Just One Cup Per Week Still another extensive study done which involved 1,003 subjects showed that those who drank green tea at least once a week for ten years, were almost 20% slimmer than the non-tea drinkers.
Keep in mind, that's with only drinking this type of tea once a week! It's plain common sense to realize, that consuming just two cups a day would produce even better results than found in the medical study noted above.
Green Tea is a Proven Appetite Suppressant: Current research also points to another green tea health benefit which is the suppression of appetite by reducing Leptin levels - which is a protein generated by fats.
Leptin plays a key role in how our bodies manage fat storage via brain signals.
Many people know that this tea is packed with a natural substance called E.
Rats that were injected with E.
were found to have major reductions in their Leptin levels according to the March issue of the medical journal Endocrinology.
These effects were noticed after just several days of the injections.
Gaining Weight is an Automatic Survival Mechanism The human body was designed to absorb as much food energy as possible whenever it was available.
That's because man was around a long time before refrigerators, supermarkets, and restaurants being open 24/7.
For thousands of years people ate their food immediately when they could find it.
As a survival mechanism the human body stores whatever food energy isn't needed at that immediate moment.
That way the body had a 'reserve' on hand in case food got scarce.
Today we call that reserve fat; and since most of us have plenty of 'new' food available we never get around to burning our fat reserves...
Green tea is packed with the super antioxidant E.
, which does a wonderful job of depressing Leptin levels.
This in turn suppresses peoples appetite levels.
Scientists form the Tang Center for Herbal Medicine at the University of Chicago also confirmed a strong connection between the E.
found in this tea with a significant reduction in the appetites of their test subjects.
Metabolism Is Boosted Still another green tea health benefit was highlighted in a study which showed that a significant increases were seen in metabolism (our bodies energy expenditure), and beyond the effects of limited caffeine found in green tea.
With green tea's natural ability to help people in two distinct ways, it could have a wonderful impact on the millions of American looking for an answer to being overweight.