Green tea has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese and Japanese as a beverage and as an herbal medicine. This use as an herbal medicine finally started gaining notice recently of the medical profession in the Western world. Through the years, many studies have been conducted on the antioxidant effects of green tea and chemotherapy. And now, research conducted in Switzerland and in the United States indicates that there may be a strong connection between green tea and weight loss.
Published in December 1999 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Urology, the study indicates that certain compounds that are abundant in green tea extract can promote weight loss. Dr. Abdul Dulloo led the research at the University of Geneva in a group of 10 healthy young men. They ranged in size from lean to mildly overweight, and were put on a typical American diet. They were also asked to take a capsule of green tea and caffeine, caffeine capsule or a placebo with each meal. The results indicated that those men who had green tea capsules were able to burn more calories on average. This indicates that the connection between green tea and weight loss may not be a myth after all.