Green tea, a well-loved tea and staple in traditional Chinese medicine, has become popular all over the world for its many health benefits. What are those benefits, exactly? For starters, green tea contains anti-inflammatory compounds that protect against damage to the cells; studies have linked green tea consumption to better heart health and weight loss. And now, there's a reason to love it even more.
A new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that green tea consumption improved good health by populating healthy bacteria in the intestines and reducing leaky gut.
Initially, the researchers from Ohio State were interested in how green tea consumption affected weight gain. To study this, they had to eat a regular diet and the other high-fat diet for eight weeks. In both of those groups, green tea had added added to their food, and the other did not.
So what does this have to do with leaky gut and intestinal bacteria? The researchers also noted that the mice in the high-fat, green tea group and the regular diet, green tea group had decreased leaky gut symptoms and healthier bacteria in their GI tract. Richard Bruno, a professor of human nutrition at the Ohio State University and the study's. "This study provides evidence that green tea encourages the good growth of bacteria lead author, in a statement.
Bruno points out that further research on humans is needed to determine how much tea a person would need to drink to start.
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