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Green tea helps combat obesity, inflammation: Study

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Want to cut that extra flab? Drinking green can help reduce as well as in the gut, finds a study.

The findings, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, showed that mice fed a high-fat diet supplemented with green gained about 20 per cent less weight and had than mice fed an otherwise identical diet without

Mice fed a diet of two per cent extract had an improved gut including more beneficial microbes in the intestines and less permeability in the intestinal wall -- a condition called "leaky gut" -- than those that ate a diet without it.

Leaky gut is a problem in humans that contributes to

"This study provides evidence that encourages the growth of good gut bacteria, and that leads to a series of benefits that significantly lower the risk of obesity," said Richard Bruno, at the

For eight weeks, the team fed half of the male mice a high-fat diet that causes and half were fed a regular diet. In each of those groups, half ate extract mixed with their

Female mice were not included as they are resistant to diet-induced and

Green tea also protected against the movement of endotoxin -- the toxic bacterial component -- out of their guts and into the bloodstream.

"Consuming a little throughout the course of a day with might be better," Bruno said.

Drinking green tea has also been linked to a lower risk of cancer, heart and



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 14:50 IST