(If you want to have a well functioning metabolism that is…)
Green tea and metabolism. It sounds great….
You hear the word, you think you know what it means but if asked to explain you start to stutter. Something you could experience when asked about your metabolism?
I had the same so I did some quick research for you (to save you time and endless searching on the Internet).
Your metabolism (derived from the Greek word for change; they just wanted to use an expensive-looking word) is the biochemical process taking place in your body, more specifically in your cells and organisms.
Do we need this?
Well, YES! It gave you life (besides your mum) and it keeps you alive!
Its two main functions are:
- Breaking down complex molecules to produce energy (catabolism)
- Using energy to build up complex molecules (anabolism)
An example of catabolism is digestion. Here, food is broken down into smaller pieces so the body can use it in cell metabolism. Anabolism is where carbohydrates are transformed into glucose (sugar), fat into fat acids or proteins into amino acids, among other things.
These processes take place continuously, day-in day-out, 24/7.
That’s a good thing because we need energy to survive. For metabolism to work properly you need to take in enough nutrients a day which will ultimately end up in the toilet (sorry for the image on your mind), the useless or already-used molecules that is.
Sometimes your metabolism changes due to stress, eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or obesity or due to other health issues.
In 1999, Dulloo and other researchers found that green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se as published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Thermogenesis (another BIG word) is the body’s heat production. It increases the body’s metabolism, thereby increasing its core temperature.
Just drink a bit of green tea and it might help your digestion, feeling energized, getting rid of those ‘love handles’ (I leave you to browse this one on the Internet yourself!) and avoid getting cold when the sun shines outside!
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Dulloo AG, Duret C, Rohrer D, et al. 1999. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 70:1040 –5.