Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Green Tea Boosts Exercise Endurance

(Update: This is a February post that I'm reprising given the recent list of "super foods" and the ensuing debate... )

For those of you on the perennial hunt for a performance edge, here's one from an unexpected quarter: green tea. Results of a recent study suggest that green tea extract can boost exercise endurance 8-24%.

Although it's difficult to extrapolate from mice eating (green tea extract) as a food supplement to an Olympic swimmer sipping green tea, the study's lead author, Takatoshi Murase said: "We estimate that an athlete weighing 75 kilograms (165 pounds) would have to drink about four cups (0.8 liter) of green tea daily to match the effect in our experiments."

I think this falls under the category of "can't hurt, might help, worth a try." Now, if only I liked green tea...

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