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Green Tea May Help You Burn Fat

Taking a small dose of a purified green tea extract called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) may increase your ability to burn off extra pounds by over 30% according to a study published in the April 2010 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study was conducted by researchers with DSM Nutritional Products and included ten overweight and obese men. The men were randomly assigned to one of five groups:

1. Placebo

2. Low-dose EGCG (300mg)

3. High-dose EGCG (600mg)

4. Caffeine (200mg)

5. EGCG plus caffeine (300mg/200mg).

The men participated for three days in each group separated by a 7 day wash-out period between each transition.

The researchers found a 33% increase in fat oxidation two hours after a meal when the participants took the EGCG supplement. They saw a similar increase when the participants consumed caffeine.

When the participants consumed both caffeine and the EGCG supplement there was a 49% increase in fat oxidation.

Interestingly, lower doses of the EGCG supplement appeared to perform just as effectively as high doses.

This study adds to science backing the health benefits of green tea. Green tea is extremely abundant in naturally occurring antioxidants called polyphenols, making it useful for everything from cancer prevention to slowing the aging process.

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