So much has been said regarding the abilities of green tea to help individuals who are interested in losing weight and increasing their health. Aside from the common suggestions that include limiting caloric intake and being more active, there are several factors that may cause losing weight to actually be much more complicated than that. For those people who have health issues or overall compromised metabolisms, they can use a little help from natural entities to get their internal system aligned for optimum weight loss.
A group of researchers at UCLA found that there are components of black tea that can also be instrumental in the ways of helping to lose weight because of the way that the polyphenols are able to positively alter the bacteria of the gut. The way that this happens is that the components within black tea are able to shift and embolden the energy metabolism within the liver and therefore change the gut metabolites.
Black Tea Benefits
The study found that the ration of bacteria in the intestines is altered in the presence of both green and black tea – while this happens differently from green to black tea. The green tea’s polyphenols were absorbed and altered by the liver, while the black tea’s polyphenols are a bit too large to be properly absorbed by the small intestine. However, the gut bacterium and the manner in which the fatty acid chain is built alters the necessary metabolites which helps to promote weight loss. The results suggest that both green and black teas are prebiotic substances that induce the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well being.
“It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue,” says Susanne Henning, the lead author on the study and a professor at UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition. “Our findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism in the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans.”
Green And Black Tea Study
During the study, there were four different groups tested. Two groups did not have any tea extract while one had green tea extract and the other black tea extract. The mice were given this diet for four weeks and then their intestinal makeup was tested.
There were several different things that researchers were on the lookout for. One being any type of liver issues that may have been present in the diets with high fat content and how that may have been lacking in the presence of the teas as well. Results showed that only the mice that had the black tea as part of their diet where able to increase a specific gut bacteria called pseudobutyrivibrio, which is different than how the green tea positively affects the internal system.
For those who love black tea, this may be an even bigger incentive to keep the tea drinking habit going. Along with the common suggestions that have helped many to drop some pounds, helping your metabolism to react accordingly will undoubtedly be a key step in helping you along your weight loss journey. Black tea is also a great alternative to coffee as its caffeine quotient is a bit gentler on the body. Too much caffeine can lead to jitters and overall feelings of unease.