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Benefits of Green Tea - Good Gut

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2019 11:07:50 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Green tea is full of health benefits. 

Recently a team from Ohio State University conducted a study to determine if green tea had any benefit on obesity in mice. The study found some positive results.

Green tea can offer health benefits from protecting sensitive teeth, dampening Alzheimer's symptoms to repelling bacteria and preventing heart attack. Green tea is some good stuff! The researchers believed that due to its anti-inflammatory effects on gut health that maybe it was a factor in obesity. 

While many have claimed weight loss benefits of green tea for so long, the scientific results on green tea's effect on obesity has been a "mixed bag" as the study's lead author Richard Bruno, professor of human nutrition at OSU, calls it. And while most of the research has been focused on weight loss, his team sought to understand how it can prevent weight gain. 

The team found that the green tea fed mice were gaining about 20% less body fat than the control mice in their study. The green tea fed mice also experienced healthier communities of microbes in the gut and less inflammation in the fat tissue and intestines.  They were also less prone to get leaky gut .

The study shows evidence that green tea encourages the growth of good gut bacteria and that leads to a series of benefits that significantly lower the risk of obesity, according to Bruno. 

Another researcher study looked at the benefits of green tea and carrots on Alzheimer's disease. 

After a series of tests conducted with mice, scientists found

The buildup of brain plaque called amyloid beta is commonly associated with the onset of Alzheimer's and indeed countless research projects have probed these toxic proteins in hope of uncovering new ways to treat or even reverse the disease. The scientists suspect these natural compounds may be intervening in their accumulation. 

Green tea is good for the gut.  The main compound in green tea (EGCG) potently inhibits myeloperoxidase which is an inflammatory enzyme released by the white blood cells during inflammation. Scientists found that EGC may actually mitigate IBD flare ups by inhibiting this enzyme.

If you are suffering with IBD, Dr. G starts with getting the gut back on track and regulating the microbiome and works with you to find out which foods you have an allergy or sensitivity. She guides you to create a  new diet without those inflammatory foods.

Good gut probiotics can also be used to regulate the intestinal microbiome which is the hub for the rest of your body's health.

So finish a nice tall glass of green tea, but not with your spinach.

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Written by Winter Ninivaggi

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