Green Tea May Improve Exercise Performance, Reduce Fat
Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world, second only to water, and research has uncovered numerous health benefits associated with drinking tea. A recent study suggests that taking a decaffeinated green tea extract may enhance exercise performance in active men.
Participants in the study included 14 active men with an average age of 21 who were given either a placebo or a green tea extract daily for four weeks. They also cycled for one hour three times weekly.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted 25% increases in fat oxidation rates in the green tea extract group. No changes were noted in the placebo group.
The researchers also noted a 1.63% decrease in body fat in the green tea extract group, while no similar changes were noted in the placebo group. Finally, the green tea extract group had a 10.9% increase in performance, covering a longer distance in the final testing at week four.
Researchers from the Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Hertfordshire in England conducted the study. It was published on January 21, 2015 in the Journal of International Sports Medicine.
Green tea has been linked in previous studies with a wide range of health benefits. These benefits are usually attributed to the high level of powerful disease-fighting antioxidants found in green tea called polyphenols, which have been shown to promote weight loss, improve heart health, aid in digestion and decrease the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.