Green tea is one of the four varieties of true tea. The main phytochemical in green tea called EGCG is a catechin that speeds up metabolism and aids in burning fat.
Studies: In a study printed in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, subjects had a greater 24h EE (energy expenditure) than the placebo group. The study concluded that “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both.”
Quantity needed: The amount of epigallocatechin gallate (the main phytochemical in green tea) used in the study was 90 mg.
Green tea extract has been studied extensively and shown to slow the growth of cancer, prevent cancer and even help with tooth decay.
Contraindications: Should not be taken during pregnancy or nursing.