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November 12 2015


What tea is good for weight loss?

Tea is a real favourite of many people – it’s one of those products that you either love or you hate but if you love it then you tend to drink it all of the time.

It has been used for hundreds of years because of its health benefits and healing qualities but did you know that it can also be used to help your body in its weight loss efforts?

That’s right, certain teas do actually have known weight loss qualities and this is especially so when you use those teas in conjunction with the rest of your diet. In this way certain teas can have amazing effects and can really help you to lose weight steadily and safely.

There are different qualities in various different teas that will help with your weight loss efforts – each type of tea produces this effect through different means and the aim of this article is to guide you through 5 of the most common weight loss teas and describe to you how their qualifies produce weight loss effects.

Green tea

Green tea is known for its many different health benefits and weight loss is just another one of those benefits in a long list for this fantastic tea. There has been a recent study involving green tea where participants who drank 4-5 cups of green tea per day over a 12 week period lost an average of two more pounds than participants in the same study who did not drink any green tea.

Oolong tea

Oolong is a light tea that has a floral flavour to it, Oolong tea is very similar to green tea in both taste and health qualities and it is also packed with catechins which help your body to lose weight by speeding up the metabolism process and helping to turn fats known as lipids into energy.

There has been a recent study that was undertaken to find out how beneficial Oolong tea was when it comes to weight loss. The study took two sets of participants and monitored their weight over a 6 week period. The participants who drank Oolong tea every day during this period lost an average of 6 more pounds over the period when compared to the participants from the second group who did not drink any Oolong tea.

Cinnamon and honey tea

This is certainly not your traditional tea and you won’t often find it in shops but it can be easily made with a couple of ingredients – simply add a small amount of cinnamon powder and a spoonful of honey to boiling water to create a delicious “tea” that is very beneficial for weight loss. For more details on how else these two products can be combined to produce delicious weight loss meals and drinks visit the cinnamon honey diet blog.

Mint Tea

Mint tea is another popular type of tea – it is sometimes labelled as specifically being peppermint tea but it is essentially the same product.

Mint tea also has weight loss benefits but this product works slightly differently to the other products mentioned so far in this article. Mint tea actually has an effect on the bodies craving for food and there has been a study that was published in the journal of neurological and orthopaedic medicine that showed how people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds per month.

The science behind this relates simply to the scent coming from mint tea – this particular scent supresses hunger in the body and therefor it simply stops you from feeling hungry and therefor stops you from snacking between meals. Pretty amazing quality for a tea!

White Tea

White tea is one of the most natural products in our list – it tends to be dried naturally and often in sunlight and does not have as much processing as many of its counterparts.

White tea can be one of the richest sources of antioxidants because of this natural curing process and this makes it extremely beneficial to the body.

White tea works towards helping your body lose weight by helping to boost lipolysis which is the process that breaks down fat in your body, white tea also blocks adipogenesis which is the process that forms fat cells in the body.

Of course these two qualities mean that drinking white tea can really help to reduce weight gain and even to reverse the process of weight gain, helping your body to lose weight.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is the last tea in our list but certainly not the least interesting. Rooibos comes from the leaves of the red bush plant which is grown in South Africa. Rooibos contains a flavonoid known as Aspalathin and research has shown that this can reduce stress hormones that are known to trigger the bodies hunger pains.

This tea works in a similar way to mint tea in that it stops you from feeling hungry but it produces this effect in a completely different way – rather than being a psychological effect like mint tea is, Rooibos tea actually produces a physical reaction in your body that reduces the craving for food.

Rooibos tea also has many other qualities and can also help to prevent other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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The history of tea

Tea has been around for thousands of years and its history spans nations as well as cultures to produce a really rich and interesting life story.

It is thought that the most likely origin of tea was in China and the time that tea was first discovered is thought to be around the Shang dynasty. Back then when tea was discovered it was used as a medicinal drink so even then it was well recognised how powerful and beneficial tea was to the body.

The earliest credible record of tea drinking dates back to the 3rd century AD and it is referenced in a medical text that was written by someone called Hua Tuo.

Tea remained a popular choice of drink from that point onwards but did not become popular in Europe until sometime around the 17th Century.

Tea was also introduced to America at a similar time as it took up popularity in Europe.

There are also many other theories on where tea originated and because it has been around for such a long time it is difficult to fully confirm its origins.

One thing is for sure – tea has been around for a long time and it has always been known and recognised for its health benefits.

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