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Green tea may help fight obesity and increase memory

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 7, 2017, 12:00 pm IST
Updated : Aug 7, 2017, 8:36 pm IST

Experts say key compound in green tea called EGCG significantly helps reducing body fat.

Green tea has always been a favourite among dieters and is known for its metabolism-boosting capabilities (Photo: Pixabay)
 Green tea has always been a favourite among dieters and is known for its metabolism-boosting capabilities (Photo: Pixabay)

A new study now claims that drinking green tea helps in both weight loss and boosts brain function as well. A favourite beverage among dieters, it is often touted for its metabolism boosting qualities.

Now, a study carried on mice, appears to confirm that the drink can have a transformative effect in just a few months.

Researchers from Yangling, China, who conducted the study found that green tea contains a compound called EGCG which helps in reducing body fat significantly.

The researchers also concluded that it also betters cognitions and memory tests.

For the research, scientists analyses three-month-old male mice who were either fed a standard diet, a high fructose diet or a high fructose diet plus two grams of EGCG per litre of water.

Results reveal that the mice fed just a high fructose diet had significantly higher body fat than those who were also given EGCG or a standard diet.

The findings were published in The FASEB Journal.

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