Study Supports Green Tea for Weight Loss

August 27, 2012

Two months of green tea consumption lowered body weight, BMI, and waist circumference in elderly subjects with metabolic syndrome.

Elderly who drink green tea for metabolic syndrome may see significant benefits in weight management, according to a new study.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health conditions-including high blood sugar, blood pressure, body weight, and cholesterol-that increase one’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, 35% of adults have metabolic syndrome.

Because of green tea’s association with fat-burning potential, Brazilian researchers sought to test the beverage’s affect on symptoms of metabolic syndrome in the elderly. Researchers recruited 45 elderly patients with metabolic syndrome and assigned them to drink green tea daily or make no changes to their diets for 60 days. Subjects in the green tea group were instructed to drink three cups daily using a 1-gram sachet.

After 60 days, green tea drinkers experienced a statistically significant average weight loss of 1.2 kg (about 2.6 lbs.) whereas subjects who didn’t modify their diets did not experience significant weight loss. Green tea drinkers also saw statistically significant decreases in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared to control.

The study on green tea and elderly with metabolic syndrome is published in The Journal of Health, Nutrition, & Aging.