Obesity is an ever-growing problem in the United States which brings along the risks of other health complications as well. Several natural compounds have been applauded for their ability to help with weight reduction though.
One of these is green tea which contains catechins which are antioxidants that help stimulate metabolic activity to work speedily. Green tea also contains other compounds that can lower body fat and can also encourage selective fat burning.
Now a new research further shows how green tea can help lower obesity. As per this study green tea interacts with gut bacteria in such a way that it encourages a serious of health benefits.
What Does This Research Reveal?
A new research conducted by the scientists from the Ohio State University, Columbus studied the connection between obesity and green tea’s compounds that influence gut bacteria. This study has been published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
While several past researches have revealed the beneficial role green tea plays in reducing obesity, many reports showed that green tea consumption simply had no effect on obesity. To dive deeper into this, researchers involved in this new study analyzed what green tea did to male mice.
The experiment didn’t employ female mice because they are comparatively resistant to obesity caused due to dietary and metabolic changes. For a period of 8 weeks, half of the mice were given a standard diet while the other half were fed a high-fat diet. Green tea extract was mixed in half of both the groups’ food.
After 8 weeks had completed, researchers measured the following factors:
- Leaky gut
- Inflammation in the gut
- Inflammation in fat tissues
- Composition of gut microbiome
- Markers of endotoxins in blood
Results showed that the addition of green tea extract was beneficial. Mice that were fed a high-fat diet with the extract weighed 20% less than those who were fed a high-fat diet minus the green tea extract. Moreover, they also had low markers of insulin resistance, less inflammation, fewer endotoxins, and the leaky gut condition affected them less.
This shows that green tea interacts with gut bacteria in such a favorable way that one attains a number of benefits which lower the risk of obesity. The same benefits, but to a lesser extent, were also experienced by the group of mice that were fed a normal diet along with the addition of green tea extract.
However, it must be noted that for humans to experience similar benefits, they’d need to consume about 10 cups of green tea per day. Therefore, more studies need to be conducted to explain and gain this benefit from green tea.
This latest research shows how green tea influences gut microbiome to lower obesity and deliver other benefits as well. However, there is a big limitation to this study; it has been conducted on mice and humans will have to consume 10 cups of green tea per day to experience such health merits.