- Caffeine has long been linked to boosting metabolism
- Green tea has been touted for its weight-loss properties
- A new study links black tea consumption to weight loss
Caffeine has long been linked to boosting metabolism and facilitating weight-loss. Green tea has been touted for its weight-loss properties. A new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition notes that black tea can also be effective in losing weight. A team of experts from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) found that chemicals called polyphenols that are found in black tea may help in changing energy metabolism in the liver by altering gut metabolites.
"Our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans", said lead author Susanne Henning, Professor at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). Black tea was found as a source of gut benefiting prebiotics that facilitate the growth of gut-friendly bacteria.
The team carried out experiments on mice module to conclude that the group pf mice who were given black tea extracts had an increase in a type of bacteria called Pseudobutyrivibrio - which could help explain the difference between how black and green tea change energy metabolism. The study concluded that black tea has health benefits that go beyond than just supplying antioxidants to the body. It also affects the gut microbiome and may aid in boosting metabolism to facilitate weight loss.
You'd be surprised to know that black tea also comes packed with anti-inflammatory properties. Some even link black tea consumption with better management of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol.
Inputs from IANS