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Tea (Bodybuilding)Drink tea to gain muscle. Scientific data shows that tea is likely beneficial to bodybuilding.
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Tea. In bodybuilding, muscle growth is caused by nutrition and exercise—this leads to protein synthesis. In 2021, some supplements, like green tea, also contribute.
Science background. Scientists know that the catechins in green tea help prevent some diseases. But green tea and black tea also help become more fit—lose fat, and gain muscle.
Anabolic steroids. Tea has been found to cause chemical changes similar to those of anabolic steroids. This is important for bodybuilders.
Fat Tea reduces body fat. Scientific research says that green tea is more effective than black tea.
Muscle Tea increases muscle gain. Tea does not only reduce fat mass. It also increases muscle bulk.
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Tea characteristics:
1. Causes changes similar to AAS. (Anabolic steroids) 2. Contributes to muscle growth, fat loss.
Steroids, continued. Green and white tea have something in common with anabolic steroids. They interfere in a process called testosterone glucuronidation.
And This leads to an increase in available testosterone. It increases athletic performance and muscle growth.
Quote 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 teas
Tea effects:
Drink tea -> -glucuronidation -> +testosterone -> +muscle mass
Testosterone. Scientists have researched this. Green and white tea can prevent testosterone abuse from being detected in athletes.
And This means tea is a performance-enhancing substance similar to anabolic steroids. It increases circulating testosterone.
Quote The results from this study showed that testosterone glucuronidation was inhibited by the green and white tea extracts... they inhibit testosterone glucuronidation... (Dietary green and white teas).
Anabolic. Instead of taking anabolic steroids, an athlete could drink a lot of green or white tea each day. This would increase his T level and act as a mild steroid.
Muscle mass. Many medical studies are done on rats. This is not to improve rat health, but to gain insight into all bodies. This is how science works.
Info The study tried to determine if tea, both green and black, helps increase muscle mass in test subjects (rats).
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.
Quote 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 composition
Less fat. 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.
Catechin 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.
Bodybuilding. In animal studies, rats fed green tea have lower body fat and more muscle mass. The green tea rats are in great shape.
However Both black and green tea have an effect. Yet the benefits of green tea tend to be bigger.
Green tea versus black tea. According to the science, green tea is superior to black tea for bodybuilding. And any sort of tea will help bodybuilders reach their goals.
Thus Bodybuilders should consume tea on a regular basis. It has many positive effects.
Note Animal studies involving muscle mass often apply to humans too. Obviously rats are not the same as humans so caution must be used.
Instructions. I drink tea to get results. As with all things bodybuilding, this can be done in large amounts. 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.
Items. The above instructions 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.
Summary. An animal study showed that green tea may help you build muscle mass as well. It is clear that green tea, in moderation, is a key part of a bodybuilding diet.
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