Thursday, 16 April 2009

Green Tea

Green tea has been used as a hot beverage for thousands of years, the reason for this is not just because of its taste but also because of its great medicinal properties.

These medicinal properties actually have many benefits for weight lifting also.

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When you drink a cup of green tea you are getting a good level of Catechins. Catechins are in the polyphenols family and are great antioxidants. In Catechins there are epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), these ingrediants provide a level of antioxidant activity that is nearly one hundred times more powerful than vitamin C or E.

Green Tea also has Theanine in it. Theanine is an amino acid that is known to give a calming and tranquilising affect on the brain!

Green Tea is also a great pre workout drink as it has some Caffeine in it yet also provides a relaxing affect on the mind without affecting the performance of the body. This is a great supplement to take instead of coffee or other caffeine products that can make you all anxious and jittery.

Finally it has been researched and confirmed that Green tea actually increases your metabolic rate by upto three percent if you drink two to three cup of green tea daily. Now this is perfect for those that want to lose fat and cut up for the summer!!!