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Green Tea for Sportsmen

by Eloiza

Here’s a really friendly infusion of sportsmen. We know that for those who practice physical activity at certain levels it is important that the musculature resist prolonged efforts and green tea, thanks to its compound benefits, can become a valuable supplement. Let’s find out how it acts and the ways of hiring to get the best results

Green tea (Camelia sinensis) we have now got to know it for its multiple medicinal properties from an important antioxidant to UV protector, antiviral, antibacterial …, but perhaps not everyone and especially sportsmen, know that it could be an excellent supplement to have a greater saving of glycogen at the muscle level.

Useful especially for those who practice endurance sports such as running or for those who ride a bike or in general for those who do aerobic exercise. Why is it important to save glycogen? Because it is the fuel that is used by our muscles, having a greater supply, will mean having more resistance to exercise, understood as duration.

Green tea contains caffeine (or theine), polyphenols such as catechins and in particular eepigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and other polyphenols. Catechins are responsible for the antioxidant action that relieves the oxidative stress produced by the muscle under stress, while the combined action of caffeine and catechins is the one to which we owe the increased demobilization of fats and the consequent use of these, by metabolism, thus going to determine a savings of glycogen at the muscle level. It is recommended to use it every day to increase on training days.

The infusion is prepared by putting 2 teaspoons of green tea in a cup of warm water, cover and leave to infuse for 2-3 minutes. You can drink 2 cups a day to go to increase to 3-4 on training days. With the addition of 1 teaspoon of dried mint it also becomes a great post-workout thirst-quenching supplement.

The benefits of green tea for runners and athletes

Not everyone knows that green tea is one of the best possible supplements for runners and athletes in general. In fact, among its greatest properties is to be able to improve the ability to resist, providing a fundamental factor for playing sports. In addition, its properties also help burn fat by promoting recovery after physical activity.

The benefits of green tea for athletes

Green tea is ideal before training because it is assimilated more slowly compared to other drinks such as coffee, this means that it can give a “more lasting” energy, for a longer period of time, thus able to increase the level of resistance to physical exertion.

This is also more evident from a recent experiment conducted on mice. The experiment showed that rodents who consumed green tea in the days before the experiment managed to perform 30% more physical effort than those who had not assimilated it. In addition, it was seen that those who were given the infusion then had higher levels of muscle glycogen, which is then used by the body during sports. Green tea also contains caffeine (one cup can hold 15 to 90 milligrams) and acts as a stimulant on par with coffee.

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