A federal agency has cleared the way for green tea plants to become “green” in the US, with a study showing that a combination of nutrients in green tea can help prevent obesity.
The USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Green Tea Center released its report on green tea and its role in preventing obesity on Wednesday.
The research will be reviewed by the US Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
Green tea has long been considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods, providing a wide range of health benefits.
The study found that the green tea plant contains polyphenols, which can improve insulin sensitivity and help to reduce insulin resistance, as well as antioxidants, including caffeine.
The researchers also found that green tea contains high amounts of antioxidants, which could help protect against chronic diseases, including diabetes.
The green tea study will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions on Obesity and Diabetes in Washington, DC, next month.
Green Tea BenefitsThe study concluded that green teas contain many of the same compounds that are found in black tea and have similar antioxidant properties.
The research team focused on a specific plant, the Banyan tree, because the plant is known to contain polyphenolic compounds.
These include a flavonoid called piperine and an antioxidant called the polyphenol, phenylalanine, that help to protect against inflammation.
Piperine, which is found in the leaves of Banyam tree, is one of two components in green teabags and tea bags.
“The benefits of these antioxidants are well-documented and have been proven in other plant-based products, including coffee, tea, and cocoa,” the study concluded.
The investigators also found evidence that green leafy vegetables contain polyphosphoryl-toluene, which helps to protect the body against oxidative stress.
A review of the benefits of green tea also found it to help reduce cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure.
The report also found the plant contained high levels of a compound called catechins, which protect against oxidative damage.
Possible Future ApplicationsThe study was conducted by scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers found that when people drank green tea in a diet, their blood cholesterol levels were reduced, as was the triglyceride level in their blood.
Additionally, the researchers found that people who drank green teafets in their diet had a reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, and stroke.
This finding has prompted the NIEHS to look into how the plant can be used as a supplement to people with diabetes.
“In addition to providing an antioxidant benefit, these compounds could help prevent cardiovascular disease and obesity through their antioxidant activity,” the researchers wrote in their study.
Pioneering New Dietary SupplementIt was not immediately clear what type of supplements the researchers were looking for.
But the researchers also wrote that they are looking into whether certain herbal teas are better suited for weight loss.
They also noted that some green tea plants are known to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, which means the plant could be beneficial for people with chronic conditions.
“There is an urgent need for new dietary supplements to address the obesity epidemic,” the report concluded.