Tea parties for losers

New research suggests that green, black and oolong tea may help people shed pounds.

Tea parties of the beverage variety may help prevent obesity, according to a new study. (The study did not mention any potential health benefits of political tea parties.)

Not only green, but also black and oolong teas seemed to decrease body fat and inflammation in mice fed a high fat, high sugar diet, based on the research published in the Journal of Nutrition and noted on foodconsumer.org.

During the 20-week study, some of the mice were fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet, while others ate a low-fat, high-sugar diet. All received a .25 percent dose of decaffeinated polyphenol from green, black or oolong tea.

In this “Biggest Loser: Rodent Edition,” the tea-consuming, low-fat, high-sugar dieters lost significantly more weight, total visceral fat and fat in the liver.

The study concluded: “All three tea polyphenol extracts induced weight loss and anti-inflammatory and angiogenic effects.” The mice fed green tea polyphenols also reduced their food intake by ten percent, a finding which adds to the growing body of research supporting the benefits of green tea.

Recently, researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland report evidence that green tea extract boosts the brain’s cognitive functions, in particular, the working memory. The findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia. The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology.


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