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Tea and Grape Compounds May Help With Weight Loss

A recent study suggests that taking a supplement containing epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and resveratrol may increase oxidative capacity in muscle fibers, mitochondrial respiration, and reduce visceral adipose tissue mass in obese individuals, which is important for weight loss.

Participants in the study included 38 overweight and obese adults with an average age of 38. They were given a supplement containing 282 mg of EGCG and 80 mg of resveratrol or a placebo daily for 12 weeks.

The researchers found that the supplement group had significant increases in oxidative capacity in muscle fibers and increased mitochondrial respiration when compared with the placebo. They also found that the supplement group had an 11% decrease in visceral adipose tissue. This is the fat that sits just under the skin and around internal organs and is considered to be the least healthy kind of fat, so weight loss of this kind is especially important.

Researchers from Maastricht University Medical Center, DSM Nutritional Products Ltd., and Wageningen University conducted the study. It was published on May 18, 2016, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

EGCG is one of the four main types of powerful antioxidants in tea. Previous studies suggest that EGCG may help balance blood sugar levels and may be linked with a decrease in the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. A study published in the February 2008 issue of Cancer Epidemimology, Biomarkers and Prevention found that ECG may reduce the risk of stomach cancer by 75%.

Previous studies have shown resveratrol to be a powerful antioxidant with health benefits that include increasing energy levels, improving brain health, reducing the appearance of aging, improving metabolism, and improving liver function.  You can find it in lower levels in a variety of foods including red wine, grapes, grape seed extract, and peanuts. A glass of red wine a day can provide a good amount of resveratrol, but excess drinking may counter balance the positive health benefits. Another good way to get resveratrol is through a high quality supplement.

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