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Green Tea Shows Weight Loss Benefits for Metabolic Syndrome Sufferers

Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by obesity, high blood pressure, extra body fat at the waist line, high blood sugar, and low HDL ("good") cholesterol. A recent study suggests that the high antioxidant properties of green tea may help individual with metabolic syndrome lose weight.

People with metabolic syndrome are at higher risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

The study included 45 mature adults with a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. Over the course of 60 days, half of the group drank three cups of green tea a day and the other group made no changes to their lifestyle.

At the end of the study, the green tea group lost an average of 4 lbs, from 157 lbs to 153 lbs. The control group recorded no weight changes. Additionally, the green tea group had lower BMI and lost an average of 1 inch of waist circumference.

The researchers theorize that green tea acts as an appetite suppressant.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. It was published online ahead of print July 20, 2012 in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.

This study adds to an already impressive body of science backing the various health benefits of green tea, which include improving heart health, aiding digestion and decreasing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

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