researchers from The Ohio State University conducted a small study with 40 participants and found that the green tea consumption helps control blood sugar and lose weight.
Some participants ingested gummies with green tea extract in doses equivalent to five infusions for 28 days. Of the 40 participants, 19 were healthy and 21 suffered from metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, visceral fat and high cholesterol.
Green tea was randomly administered. Some patients received the substance, while others received placebo lengths. Subsequently, a reversal was carried out in the groups, and half took green tea, while the other half ingested a placebo.
In addition to the pills, the participants were encouraged to follow a diet low in antioxidant foods, to ensure that if there were any benefits in the future, they were directly related to the tea.
The researchers also used fecal and blood samples to track inflammation and blood sugar levels.
At the end of the study, green tea extract was found to reduce blood sugar levels, inflammation, and intestinal permeability (which, when increased, impairs the body’s proper absorption of nutrients) in patients without metabolic syndrome.
The study suggests that the presence of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, known as catechins, can help the body fight inflammation. intestinal inflammation and improve blood glucose markers.
The substance can be a good ally with weight loss, as it reduces inflammation in the body, which makes the diet more effective. Additionally, the intake of antioxidant compounds will help with cellular health, immunity, and disposition.
Reminder: before taking the substance, the advice of a professional is necessary, because an excess can cause damage. It is not recommended for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people with cirrhosis, among others.
According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which provides information on food safety, green tea consumption is safe for humans as long as the maximum daily limit of 800 mg is respected.
is a postgraduate nutritionist in clinical sports nutrition