Green Tea – what you need to know

Over the past few years, green tea and its connection with weight loss has long been the center of various clinical studies

And the positive effects of green tea have been proven. However, how does it work? How do you know which green tea to purchase and what are the other benefits?

How does it work?

Studies show that the relation between green tea and weight loss are substantially linked together through the plant’s thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the process by which the body produces heat. By speeding up metabolism, burning calories, and breaking down fat. Certain substances in green tea are believed to help in the body’s thermogenesis, thus contributing to weight loss.

How do you know which product to buy though? That is, when it isn’t in its tea form?

A standardized weight loss herbal extract of pure green tea is needed in order to maximize the weight loss benefits of green tea. The market offers several green tea weight loss products that do not use standardized extract.

These non-standardized green tea weight loss products are cheaper but do not contain enough active green tea substances to have any significant weight loss benefits.

Another thing to make sure of when buying green tea products is to see if the manufacturer of the green tea extract follows strict GMP compliance, the manufacturing standard used throughout the world.

Having GMP approval in green tea products assures you that you are getting a product of the highest quality.

Scientists and traditional herbalists believe that better weight loss results are achieved when green tea is used in conjunction with other weight loss herbs and with other nutrients. So before buying a green tea weight loss product – it is advisable that you choose a product that contains a rich blend of green tea herbs. For minerals and nutrients that aid in weight loss. There are actually so many brands out there that combine green tea with other ingredients in the form of a shake, liquid, tablet etc.

Additional benefits?

Green tea when combined with ginger and olive leaf helps lower cholesterol as a super side benefit. Green tea helps stop blood vessel constriction. While CoQ 10 protects the heart and ensures blood pressure levels remain ideal- so that is another great combination!

Furthermore, green tea can be amazing for brain health and brain activity in general. Blood sugar levels and is great for diabetics as well as assisting with oral health!

It is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Thanks to its antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. It supposedly hydrates faster than water! So why not up your intake in this cold weather as it gets harder to stick to your water goals!

And a top tip:

Drink green tea at breakfast for maximum hydration, half an hour before exercise for fat burn and 1 hour after meals to help with lessening fat absorption


Hope this makes sipping on your hot green tea, that much easier this winter 😉




Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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