Tea Can Do Your Body Good

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-10-20 20:14:44 -0500
Started 2015-10-11 14:15:12 -0500

I love tea. I drink all kinds of teas depending on my mood and the season of the year. Hot, cold, with cream or just plain. There are all kinds of benefits to drinking them. I got this article today on how tea can help us loose weight, but what I found very interesting as I read through it was there were many that may also help with insulin resistance. Some of the teas I had heard of before, but some were totally new to me.

Here were a few that piqued my interest:

This tea is a weight-loss ninja. The stem, fruit and root bark of the barberry shrub contains berberine–a powerful, naturally occurring, fat-frying chemical. A study conducted by Chinese researchers revealed that berberine can prevent weight gain and the development of insulin resistance in rats consuming a high-fat diet. Previous studies have also found that consuming the plant can boost energy expenditure and help decrease the number of receptors on the surface of fat cells, making them less apt to absorb incoming sources of flubber.

Mint tea wards off the munchies. Fill a big teacup with soothing peppermint tea and sniff yourself skinny! While certain scents can trigger hunger (a trick Cinnabon figured out long ago), others can actually suppress your appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month. Although tea is relatively low in caffeine—about 25% of what a cup of coffee delivers—decaffeinated varieties are great to have on hand for a soothing bedtime treat that will keep you out of the cabinets!

Mate tea is known for its powerful thermogenic effects—meaning it turns up your body’s calorie burning mechanism—and can also promote weight loss by improving insulin sensitivity. In a recent study, participants were divided into two groups. One group took a placebo 60 minutes prior to exercising, while the other group ingested 1000 mg capsule of yerba maté. Researchers found that those who consumed the herb increased the beneficial effects their workout had on their metabolism without the workout. Plus, this brew is like green tea on steroids, with up to 90 percent more powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, a cache of B vitamins, and plenty of chromium, which helps stabilize blood-sugar levels.

Derived from the Japanese tencha leaf and then stone ground into a bright-green fine powder, matcha literally means “powdered tea,” and it’s incredibly good for you. Research shows the concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in matcha to be 137 times greater than the amount you’ll find in most store-bought green tea. EGCG is a dieter’s best friend: studies have shown the compound can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) particularly in the belly. One study found men who drank green tea containing 136 mg EGCG—what you’ll find in a single 4 gram serving of matcha—lost twice as much weight than a placebo group (-5.3 vs -2.8 lbs), and four times as much visceral (belly) fat over the course of 3 months. You can prepare the powder as a traditional tea drink as the zen monks have done since 1191 A.D., or enjoy the superfood 2015-style in lattes, iced drinks, milkshakes and smoothies. Need one more reason for tea-time? A single serving sneaks in 4 grams of protein—that’s more than an egg white!

It lists 22 in all, and all so yummy. So while we may cozy up with a cup this fall, wouldn't it be nice to have your tea work for you as well? http://www.eatthis.com/21-best-teas-for-weigh...

40 replies

bkswrites 2015-10-15 19:39:16 -0500 Report

I wish the article gave some references for all those "studies." And of course, a single study doesn't really say much.

Jaymay 2015-10-12 08:59:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information on Tea's. I will try the mint tea to ward off the munchies sounds like a good idea. I have never heard of Mate or Matcha teas.

GabbyPA 2015-10-11 19:08:22 -0500 Report

I drink green tea with a slice of lemon in it in the morning when I can. I take the Matcha tea powder as a capsule and like a lot of herbal teas that are loose and I combine them myself. I have a great one that I make when I feel a cold coming on that helps boost my immune system that has things like rose hips, marshmallow root and other kinds of "stick and twigs". Typically I do a decaf black tea with an herbal infusion for some twists. That is our family dinner tea. I love peppermint teas in the winter along with other spices. And there is my home made cinnamon and turmeric tea that helps me with my joint pain. Teas are amazing.

urquidi2015 2015-10-11 23:37:01 -0500 Report

Hey there Gabby,
I am not familiar with MANY of those teas mentioned. But, am willing to try some. Especially the cinnamon version ( love cinnamon soooo much). I wonder if my local health store would carry the tea's you mentioned ?

GabbyPA 2015-10-12 07:07:44 -0500 Report

You can probably find some there, but what you might want to check out is an herbal or homeopathic store. There you can buy the loose ingredients and make your own blends. I do some of both. Mostly because my herbal/homeopathic store is over an hour away and is a day trip...just because it's such a fun place to shop.

Pegsy 2015-10-11 19:07:31 -0500 Report

I love to drink tea. I enjoy decaf green tea every day. I often mix other teas with it such as lemongrass or pomegranate.

Michael_1960 2015-10-11 17:35:51 -0500 Report

I drink a lot of green tea, didn't mention anything in there about green tea!

haoleboy 2015-10-11 18:57:39 -0500 Report

green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. Improves metabolism, facilitating weight loss, and can improve brain function AND can improve insulin sensitivity.
I drink a few cups every week.


GabbyPA 2015-10-11 18:53:57 -0500 Report

Yes, it is in there as #1.

Michael_1960 2015-10-11 19:28:42 -0500 Report

Oh ok I was looking at your list, I believe I would save myself some time in doing all that typing and just say click on the link I posted, and wouldn't been as confusing!

GabbyPA 2015-10-12 07:13:15 -0500 Report

LOL...I suppose so.

We cannot post a whole article here due to copyright laws. So I just posted a few that I found interesting. But there are 22 listed and they range from berries to twigs.

GrammieMags 2015-10-11 16:18:13 -0500 Report

I would love to drink tea. My body does not do well with the caffeine, or with a large number of the herbs. Finding a tea that I can drink all the time is time consuming and actually hurts! I know I can handle chamomile and peppermint, but don't like them alone. Together they are okay, yet still boring!

bkswrites 2015-10-15 19:44:03 -0500 Report

Try rooibos (red tea from Africa). As the article notes, it also tastes sweet, so you may not even want sugar. I think it's Celestial Seasonings that has a rooibos chai that's terrific.

GrammieMags 2015-10-15 21:44:57 -0500 Report

Thanks. I looked up a couple of them, and there is more to the tea than rooibos and chai. The two I saw have ginger, and ginger I avoid. And not knowing the other herbs that mess up my system, it is easy for me to just not experiment. And that is a phooey.

GabbyPA 2015-10-11 18:55:23 -0500 Report

I think we confine our thinking of tea as only tea leaves, but there are all kinds of infusions that are called "tea". Check them out. Many have way less or no caffeine at all.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-10-11 15:46:21 -0500 Report

I love tea…not so much in the summer…but during the fall and winter…I can do 4 or 5 cups a day…not only is it yummy and soothing..but is more easily made than coffee…a little loose tea on the bottom of a cup..add boiling water..presto chango…tea..I still drink my coffee when the weather gets cooler…but a chicky needs to replace that fresh lemonade with something during the cooler mos…

Ladykaye 2015-10-11 15:44:03 -0500 Report

I am a tea drinker although I don't like all the flavored tea, just plain old liptons. I drink it with a little milk (I am an former Brit so grew up with tea!!). I always have a cup of tea in the mornings and a decaf cup at night. Maybe I should drink more during the day.

Kalisiin 2015-10-11 15:29:40 -0500 Report

I love tea! I drink almost nothing else, actually. It might be a good idea to build up a supply of different kinds of teas. Right now, I just do the big jars of sun tea all the time, although as winter gets nearer I am gonna have to biol them on the stove…:-( I so much prefer sun tea…

trsquare 2015-10-11 15:25:33 -0500 Report

Right now, I'm drinking a Japanese cherry white tea, but I'm a tea-aholic, and will look into some of those in that list.

QueenJeanne 2015-10-11 15:08:40 -0500 Report

The teas represent in this article is fascinating. The Red Cross tells you not to drink teas, but if you receive the benefits that I have read about in the tea article, it is well worth the try. Thanks Gabby.

GabbyPA 2015-10-11 18:56:48 -0500 Report

Why would the Red Cross tell you not to drink tea?

QueenJeanne 2015-10-11 20:12:41 -0500 Report

Tea is supposed to bring down the hemoglobin in your body. Every time I drink tea before giving blood my hemoglobin was way down and I could not donate. If you go to the Red Cross and you receive their literature you will see that they tell you not to drink tea before giving blood.

GabbyPA 2015-10-12 07:14:52 -0500 Report

Oh, ok. Just for donating blood. Would that be a typical black tea or all teas, herbal and otherwise?

haoleboy 2015-10-11 14:23:59 -0500 Report

I'm an Earl Grey kinda guy


Kalisiin 2015-10-11 15:33:48 -0500 Report

You and Jean-Luc Picard.
I could never quite get a taste of Earl Grey…something in it just always tasted a little strange to me…it's hard to describe, a sorta of subtle fruity…yet woody taste that I could never quite get used to.

My church has something there called Citrus Lady Grey…which I found to be pretty good…it's more orangey and less woody/bitter than regular Earl Grey.

haoleboy 2015-10-11 15:43:07 -0500 Report

(I had to google that … I thought you meant Jean-Luc Ponty, which would have been much cooler)
Earl Grey should have a subtle orange/citrus flavor … in that the flavor is derived from bergamot oranges.
My little sister sends me organic loose leaf by the pound … quite good

Kalisiin 2015-10-11 17:38:39 -0500 Report

Nice. Like I said, the flavor of Earl Grey was a bit hard for me to define…sorta fruity and at the same time bitter/woody tasting. Now I know why it tasyes like that. I assume the Citrus Lady Grey I mentioned is made with more or different kinds of orange, since it is more orangey tasting…at least that was my impression.

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