Tea, Bodybuilding

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Green tea

Tea is healthy. As a bodybuilder, I always ask myself: will this substance make me bigger? There is data about tea and muscle size. Animal experiments (mostly on rats) have been done. Tea helps improve body composition.


Tip:Tea has been found to cause chemical changes similar to those of anabolic steroids.

Tip 2:Tea reduces body fat. Scientific research says that green tea is more effective than black tea.

Tip 3:Tea increases muscle gain. Tea does not only reduce fat mass. It also increases muscle bulk.


Testosterone is an anabolic hormone

Green and white tea have something in common with anabolic steroids. They interfere in a process called testosterone glucuronidation. This leads to an increase in available testosterone. It increases athletic performance and muscle growth.

The anabolic steroid testosterone can be used by athletes to enhance athletic performance and muscle growth.... Inhibitors of testosterone glucuronidation could have an impact on circulating testosterone levels, thus aiding performance, as well as... masking testosterone abuse.

Dietary green and white teasStrong and healthy: tips

Green and white tea can prevent testosterone abuse from being detected in athletes. It also means that tea is a performance-enhancing substance similar to anabolic steroids. It leads to an increase in circulating testosterone.

The results from this study showed that testosterone glucuronidation was inhibited by the green and white tea extracts... they inhibit testosterone glucuronidation....

Instead of taking anabolic steroids, an athlete could legally and safely drink a lot of green or white tea each day. This would increase his testosterone level and act in a similar way as a mild steroid.

Muscle mass

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The study I used to see if tea—both green tea and black tea—helps increase muscle mass was done on rats. These rats were fed a high-fat diet—15% of calories from fat. I am not a rat. But this study can help us understand.

Rats were fed a 15% fat diet for 6 months from 4 weeks of age and were supplied GT, BT, EGCG or water. GT and BT reduced body fat.... GT and EGCG increased lean mass.

Green tea, black tea: body compositionInstant, huge muscles

The animals fed green tea had reduced body fat and increased lean mass, which is muscle mass. BT means black tea and GT means green tea. EGCG means epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which is a catechin in green tea—it prevents disease.

So:We see that black tea contains less of the healthy catechins than does green tea. So black tea is still good for you, but less so.

And:Black tea has similar, but lesser, effects as green tea. It is still a healthy drink.


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We now know that in animal studies, rats fed green tea have lower body fat and more muscle mass. The green tea rats are really in great shape. Both black tea and green tea have an effect.

According to the science, green tea is superior to black tea for bodybuilding. And any sort of tea will help bodybuilders, weight lifters and other athletes reach their goals. Bodybuilders should consume tea on a regular basis.

Note:Animal studies involving muscle mass often apply to humans too. Obviously rats are not the same as humans so caution must be used.


I have been drinking tea to further my bodybuilding goals. As with all things bodybuilding, this can be done in large amounts. Bodybuilders eat lots of food, lots of protein, and lots of everything. Here are some instructions.


1. Heat water.I use an electric hot water heater. This heats the water—about 8 cups—to boiling.

2. Add loose leaf tea.I then put about 5 spoonfuls of high-quality gunpowder green tea in a pot.

3. Pour hot water.I pour the hot water onto the loose leaf tea. I sometimes like to briefly stir it, but I am not sure if this helps.

4. Wait three minutes.It is important not to wait too long—if you do, your tea will be very bitter.

5. Pour tea into four large mugs.I have four large-size mugs. I use a single-cup tea strainer to strain out the tea leaves.

6. Let it cool.Some prefer to drink hot tea, but this can scald your throat. Instead you can wait for it to cool and quickly drink it.


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The above instructions are not about drinking tea because you like how it tastes. They don't add any sugar or cream to the tea. It is plain, high-quality green tea made from loose leaf tea. It requires four items.

Hot water:If you make tea every day, having a good way to heat water is important. I prefer an electric hot water heater.

Loose-leaf green tea:I recommend going for price and quality. High quality tea has more catechins, which improve body composition.

Tea strainer:This is a little insert you can place into a mug or cup. When you pour tea with leaves over it, its strains out the leaves.

Mugs:Having several large mugs makes this approach easier as well. Sometimes I just strain the tea into another pot.


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Matcha is a powdered form of green tea. I am interested in the health benefits of things we eat and drink. I investigated matcha to see if it is healthful. I discovered some evidence of its health benefits.

In one study, rats with type 2 diabetes were given matcha powder for four months. Their health improved. Fat and cholesterol levels went down. In humans this could result in a decreased rate of heart attack and stroke.

These results suggest that matcha protects against hepatic and renal damage through the suppression of renal AGE accumulation, by decreases in hepatic glucose, triglyceride, and total cholesterol levels, and by its antioxidant activities.

Matcha, a powdered green teaMan wearing muscle shirt: strong arms and chest

What about humans? I found no scientific studies that show clearly the health benefits of matcha in humans. But rats are similar to humans in some ways. That is why studies are done on them—to improve human health.

Tip:Matcha, a powdered green tea preparation, shows clear evidence of health-improving properties.

Also:Keep in mind that when mixed with sugar or ice cream these health properties could be substantially diminished.

Green Tea Heartburn


Tea has health benefits

Green tea has been shown to reduce cavities and dental problems. This is important for all people. But it is also critical for bodybuilders. Dental health has been found to be associated with muscle strength.


This means that a bodybuilder who drinks green tea will have improved dental health. His overall health will also be improved. In older people, this has even been measured to increase muscle mass.

The effects of green tea extract on caries inhibition of hamsters and on acid resistance of human tooth enamel have been suggested....

Green tea: periodontal and general health


Medical: blood cells

Muscles are great,
but without bones,
they would not be good for much. Women have bone loss (osteoporosis) more than men—but tea may have benefits for stronger bones for all people.

Tip:Polyphenols are one part of tea. Green tea (in moderation) may help build stronger bones.

Animal studies reveal that intake of tea polyphenols have pronounced positive effects on bone as shown by higher bone mass and trabecular bone volume, number, and thickness... resulting in greater bone strength.

Tea and bone health


Male jeans showing bulge

Tea has been found to benefit men with lower urinary tract symptoms.
These include low urine flow
and erectile dysfunction (ED),
called LUTS symptoms. Positive effects were detected in six weeks.

So:In addition to its bodybuilding effects, drinking tea will help with male health issues.

Oral administration of [tea extract] improved LUTS and quality of life in as little as 6 weeks.

Tea benefits urological health


NASH: nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

Obesity is linked to fatty liver disease (NASH). Fatty deposits in the liver make it harder to lose weight. Black tea can prevent nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and keep your liver in better shape.


Tip:Our outwards appearance is important, but the health of our organs, like the liver, is also relevant.

In summary, these data suggest that nutritional support with antioxidants may be useful in preventing oxidative damage and the progression of NASH.

Black tea, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis


Green tea is not just helpful for building big, strong bodies and losing fat. It helps with depression and other mental problems. In this way, it helps make mental health stronger, not just your body.

Green Tea, Depression

Asthma:Tea may have a negative effect on asthma. This probably is limited in most cases to an extremely heavy exposure to it.

Green Tea, Asthma


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Scientists know that the catechins in green tea help prevent cancer. But green tea and black tea also help you lose weight. An animal study showed that green tea may help you build muscle mass as well.

Thus:It is clear that green tea, in moderation, is an important part of a bodybuilding diet.