Next to water, tea is the second popular beverage around the globe. But no one seems to know which type of tea is beneficial for what. In this article, you will learn what tea has certain health benefits including lowering your cholesterol, bumping up your immune system, and which one you can drink the rest of your life to help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.
Coffee is known as the American beverage. The average Starbucks customer will spend over $25,000 of Starbucks coffee in their lifetime! Now there isn’t anything wrong with drinking your cup of Joe. As a matter of fact, organic coffee is jammed packed with tons of antioxidants, but it’s also pretty jammed pack with caffeine which can make you jittery and you WILL have that energy crash two hours after drinking a cup.
Tea not only contains less than 1/3 of caffeine than a cup of coffee, but each cup is also brimming with an array of health benefits. No all teas are created equal though. For starts, there are only three types of teas that all come from the same tea leaf: green tea, black tea, and oolong tea.
Most people think that teas like chamomile are real teas. They are actually just herbs. If you look at the box next time you are at the store, it will say herbal tea. Then there are the offshoots like white tea and red tea. Those are simply younger, older versions of the three main types of teas. The only difference is how they are processed. This process is called fermentation. All it means is how long the leaves are left out in the sun to dry. This drying out process brings out different compounds in the tea leaf and makes each type of tea its own natural health supplement.
Let’s take a look at the three types of teas and the positive effects it has on our health and our weight loss.
Black tea is probably the most commonly consumed and the most popular of all the teas. It is also known as English breakfast and is very popular all over the world. However, it also contains the highest amount of caffeine of all the teas but not nearly as much as an eight ounce cup of coffee. The lower amounts in black tea over coffee promote blood flow in the brain without over stimulating the heart, which helps to sharpen your mental focus and concentration.
Moderate caffeine intake can boost metabolism and it also aids with weight loss. For overall health, black tea is given a B grade. However as a weight loss tea, it is a C+.
If you have ever done the slightest research on weight loss, you surely come across tons of information touting the miraculous ability of green tea to burn off body fat. But is it really true? Before we jump into that, what exactly makes green tea so special?
Green tea is extremely rich in a compound called EGCG which is a powerful antioxidant. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it can actually have the ability to kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. ECGC has also been found to be extremely powerful in the prevention of heart disease and assisting in keeping cholesterols in a healthy range.
Of all of the teas, green tea is most commonly associated with weight loss and fat burn. The reason is because of the catechins. Catechins are antioxidants found in green tea that encourage the body to burn fat for energy. Many doctors and scientific studies have confirmed the incredible power of green tea when it comes to weight loss. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of three best-selling books stated that green tea increases your daily fat burning rate by 43%.
The catechins in green tea have been found to force the body into what’s called, thermogenesis: a slower release of carbohydrates into your body after eating. This helps to keep your insulin levels in check. When those are in check, your body can burn fat more efficiently.
For overall health, green tea receives an A. However, for weight loss there is even something better.
Even though green tea is popular known as the choice for fat burning, oolong tea has been shown to burn 220% more fat than green tea. According to several studies done in China, researchers have found that people who drank 2-3 cups of oolong tea per day will experience weight loss in an 8% higher rate than those who drank black or green teas alone.
The Chinese have longed believed that oolong tea is greatly beneficial in reducing and maintaining weight loss. Oolong tea can actually encourage your body to use more fat for energy resulting in accelerated fat burning and off course, weight loss.
The best part is that drinking oolong tea is something you can do for the overall good of your body and health for the rest of your life. 2-3 cups a day of oolong can boost your immune system, help reduce your risk of some cancers, and best of all, either maintain or help you lose weight.
Oolong is no magic bullet and you still have to do the work. But truly amazing is that combining the reasonable diet and exercise program, oolong tea can magnify your results.