Green Tea Supplements: Effective for the Management of Metabolic Syndrome?

Published:April 29th, 2011


Green tea supplementation may be the answer to the puzzling problems of the metabolic syndrome, suggests a new study conducted in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, Oklahomaand published in the 2010 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Metabolic syndrome is a brand new kind of systemic health problem that results in combination of multiple risk factors such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Furthermore, patients with this kind of problem also develop increased blood cholesterol levels, too much weight gain and too much fat around the waist area.

In this randomized, controlled study, thirty-five subjects with metabolic syndrome and obesity were randomly assigned to the control group, the green tea group and the green tea extract group for eight consecutive weeks. TheirĀ  anthropometric measurements, blood pressure, lipid levels and fasting blood glucose were recorded on week 0, week 4 and week 8.

Their results? Subjects who belong to the green tea extract and the green tea beverage group showed a significant reduction of body weight at week 8 compared to those who belonged to the control group. Furthermore, a significant drop in the bad cholesterol level was also observed.

Thus, the researchers concluded that the regular consumption of green tea as well as the use of extract supplementation may be an effective alternative management for inducing weight loss in obese patients. However, larger-scale clinical trials are still necessary to further establish this fact.

Reference:

Journal of the American College of Nutrition; Green tea supplementation affects body weight, lipids and lipd peroxidation in obese subjects with metabolic syndrome; Basu, A. et al.; 2010

 

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