Green Tea and Resistance Training


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Study Info.

You’ve guessed it, yet another study expounding the great benefits of green tea.

So what was the study about and what did it show?

The study investigated the effects of the consumption of green tea for 7 days on biomarkers (i.e. indicators) of oxidative stress in young men undergoing resistance exercise.

Blood samples were taken before and after exercise and were analysed for total antioxidant capacity.

The control group (i.e. those who didn’t drink green tea) had reduced levels of Glutathione (a very strong antioxidant produced in the body). In addition other activities increased in the control group as a result of exercise (i.e. by-products: creatine kinase (CK), Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) & xanthine oxidase (XO)).

Green tea reduced the post-exercise concentration of some of the above by-products and increased the values of total polyphenols (antioxidants from Green Tea) and Glutathione. Green tea also inhibited a significant rise in the other by-products, namely CK and XO activities.


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  Consumption of GT, a beverage rich in polyphenols, may offer protection against the oxidative damage caused by exercise, and dietary guidance for sports participants should be emphasized.  
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Source: Journal of Nutrition


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8 Responses to Green Tea and Resistance Training
  1. Evan
    April 5, 2008 | 12:02 am


    This is good to know. It would be interesting to see a comparison of green tea with ‘sports drinks’ I think.

  2. the health blogger
    April 5, 2008 | 11:11 am

    Hmm…Evan, sports drinks usually have a different purpose, that is, to primarily re-fuel muscle glycogen levels and reduce/decrease catabolism. Though a study on their effects on the body would be interesting – in relation to antioxidant and inflammation activity.

  3. Lady G
    April 10, 2008 | 10:38 am

    I enjoy a daily cup of green tea with breakfast, so love to read studies like this. Except usually when it’s reported they fail to mention that the subjects had to drink LOTS of tea! Following the link I noticed that in this study it was 3 cups a day, I guess that’s pretty doable if you are trying.

  4. [...] The Health Blogger notes a study showing blood oxidation levels after a workout with and without green tea. Looks like GT wins again! Is there any reason not to drink this stuff?! [...]

  5. Daniel Johnson
    May 23, 2008 | 7:23 am

    I have read a lot about the benefits of Green Tea and it convinced me to try it. But I really didn’t like the taste so I gave it up. Also to have any real effect, it is recommended that we drink 5-6 cups of Green Tea and that did not fit into my schedule. But I kept coming across more and more articles all talking about more benefits of Green Tea—that it helps in cancer prevention because of its antioxidants, in reducing cholesterol levels, regulating weight, etc. So I began looking for Green Tea in concentrated form.

  6. Anderson
    June 18, 2008 | 10:02 am

    Thanks Health Blogger, for such useful information about Green Tea. I like GT a lot but never knew about this protective feature of it. It can be a very good option for a person regarding on his worksite wellness, as well….I suggest everyone should take minimum a cup of GT everyday. Thanks

  7. White tea better than green tea
    November 14, 2008 | 9:46 am

    I personally think..white tea would be more effective… its got almost three times more concentration of antioxidants…. what do u think?

  8. Ann Trenton
    October 13, 2010 | 8:30 am

    Great post! I’m a tea addict. I could never get through an entire day without a cup of freshly-brewed loose green tea. The smell alone is enough to make my mouth water and the delicious sensation of fresh hot tea sliding down my throat is something that I always take time to relish during my tea break. Green tea has tons of health benefits and is a great source of antioxidants. The ever increasing sale of green tea actually, is due to its ability to produce fat oxidation. This simply means that drinking green tea will act directly on your body to lessen your fats because of its natural oxidizing property.

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