Green tea, a well-loved tea and staple food in traditional Chinese medicine, has become popular worldwide for its many health benefits. What are these benefits, exactly? To begin with, green tea contains anti-inflammatory compounds that protect against cell damage; Studies have also linked green tea consumption to better heart health and weight loss. And now, it's a reason to love him even more.
A new study, published in Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the consumption of green tea improves the health of the intestine by populating healthy bacteria in the intestine and reducing leaky gut.
Initially, researchers in the state of Ohio were interested in how green tea consumption influenced weight gain. To study this, they had a group of mice eat a normal diet and another a high fat diet for eight weeks. In both groups, half had added green tea extract to their food and the other didn't. They found that the group fed the high-fat diet and that the green tea extract gained 20% less weight and decreased insulin resistance compared to mice that had not added green tea to their food.
So what should you do? with leaky gut and intestinal bacteria? The researchers also noted that mice in the high-fat green tea group and the regular diet, the green tea group had decreased symptoms of intestinal permeability and healthier bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract. "This study shows that green tea encourages the growth of good intestinal bacteria and that it leads to a number of benefits that significantly reduce the risk of obesity," said Richard Bruno, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and author study main, in a statement.
Bruno points out that more research is needed on humans to determine the amount of tea a person would need to drink to get these benefits, but that consuming green tea during the day with food would be an excellent place to start.
If you are looking to take advantage of these benefits, we recommend that you consider some of these tips for drinking green tea: