The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging reports that three cups of green tea per day may help elderly people with metabolic syndrome lose weight.
Scientists from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) report that green tea consumption was linked to an average loss of 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) over a 60-day period and a reduction in waist circumference of about 2 cm (0.8 in).
The potential benefits of green tea may be related to the ability of the polyphenols in the beverage to increase thermogenesis or via an alternate mechanism of appetite suppression.
Other benefits of green tea include reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and improving cardiovascular and oral health.
The new study involved elderly people with metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS refers to a cluster of conditions, including high blood pressure, raised blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the “good” cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides—all of which are known to significantly increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Forty-five elderly people with MetS were randomly assigned to one of two groups: The first group was required to consume three cups of green tea per day made from 1.0 g sachets, and the other group was instructed not to make changes to their lifestyle.
After 60 days of intervention, the researchers report that the green tea group displayed “statistically significant weight loss” from an average of 71.5 kg (157.6 lbs) at the start of the study to 70.3 kg (154.9 lbs) at the end. No significant changes were observed in the control group.
In addition, both groups displayed significant decreases in BMI and waist circumference, but the decreases were greater in the green tea group, the researchers said.
1. Elevated waist circumference:
Men – equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women – equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)
2. Elevated triglycerides:
Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL
3. Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:
Men – less than 40 mg/dL
Women – less than 50 mg/dL
4. Elevated blood pressure:
Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg
5. Elevated fasting glucose:
Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL
Supplementation with soy isoflavones could improve blood vessel endothelial cell function and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a new study in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. Isoflavones supplementation has a valuable benefit on endothelial function.
“…exposure to soy isoflavones can modestly, but significantly, improve endothelial function” reported the researchers.
Soy foods have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, with recent evidence suggesting that isoflavones could reduce other cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, such as blood pressure and endothelial function.
Endothelial dysfunction signifies the early stages of heart disease and is a predictive marker for long-term CVD and mortality.
Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) of the brachial artery is used as an assessment tool for endothelial function. Impaired FMD response is a CVD risk factor and can precede clinically symptomatic CVD by many years.
The significant improvement in FMD observed in response to isolated isoflavone exposure is within the range deemed clinically relevant, “thereby indicating that exposure to isoflavone supplements may beneficially influence vascular health,” added the authors.
Researchers stated the key mechanism behind endothelial dysfunction involves the impaired release of nitric oxide (NO), causing blood vessels to constrict. Increased availability of isoflavone is suggested to increase NO production.
Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases Published online ahead of print
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Cutting down on sugar-sweetened soft drinks was associated with a drop in blood pressure, researchers found. In a cohort of U.S. adults, those who reduced daily intake of the beverages saw a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
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