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Old 09-28-2006, 02:33 AM   #1
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Was wondering about good old English Tea. I've heard a few different theories and was wondering if anyone had differing views about whether tea is good or bad for you.

Positives (I've heard) - Detox, the caffeine in a small cup before a work out can aid performance, good thirst quencher

Negatives - Tea or Caffeine reduces testosterone levels, dehydration.

Is this rubbish or true. I like a nice brew and was wondering what the impact was on my new found training regime.
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:40 AM   #2
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one vote for rubbish
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:50 AM   #3
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all of it?
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:25 AM   #4
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Of all the teas available, black tea probably has the least health benefits and the most drawbacks (highest in tannins and caffeine).

There are much better choices.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:32 AM   #5
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thanks Doc G
Is the affect on T rubbish then I take it? I heard/read that it can contribute to man-boobs due to reducing T.:blush:
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:36 AM   #6
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I have not heard of that at all. I have no idea what the mechanism would be in that scenario.

FYI, man-boobs come about due to high estrogen, not necessarily due to low testosterone.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:42 AM   #7
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that may be my lack of understanding - apologies. I seem to hold my weight around my chest and lower abdomen (despite a 13% BF) and just looking into why that might be and had read that Tea/caffeine may have been a factor due to inbalance in hormones. I think alcohol may also be a factor.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:47 AM   #8
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" I think alcohol may also be a factor."

I have the same problem...I drink green tea occasionaly after some nights with Guiness....and I am convinced it is the tea keeping me fat. :msn-wink:
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Old 09-28-2006, 07:08 AM   #9
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lol
i see how that looks now.

but guiness has so many other qualities anyway so I don't count that as alcohol!

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Old 09-28-2006, 08:35 AM   #10
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Chris- the caffiene in tea raises the cortisol levels in your body, which is not good for test. Depending on your ae, this may not be a problem. And if your serious about changing your body comp giving up alcohol might be compulsory.

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