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Dr. Oz explores health myths: Green drinks for weight loss versus green tea

Get diet tips from Dr. Oz, including green drinks.
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With a viewing audience that's primarily female, Dr. Mehmet Oz frequently focuses on women's health. He devoted part of his July 31 talk show to exploring myths that even some gynecologists believe. Plus: Should you drink green drinks to boost your weight loss?

If you suffer from frequent yeast infections, you may have been advised to avoid wearing tight jeans. Perhaps your gynecologist also told you never to sit around in a wet bathing suit. In reality, those recommendations are based on myths, according to Dr. Oz.

What does count, however: Your diet. Eating foods high in sugar or white flour may increase your odds for yeast infections, so avoid those types of carbohydrates. In addition, probiotics may help to prevent yeast infections.

When it comes to diet, green drinks have become increasingly popular. You can find varieties that promise to do everything from boosting your weight loss to energizing your body to improving your brain. But do they live up to their expensive promises?

Be cautious, says Dr. Oz. Some brands can contain excess amounts of vegetables such as rhubarb that could cause kidney stones. Others may overload your body with sugar and calories.

Dr. Oz suggests saving money and cutting calories by making your own green drink. Just blend kale, cucumber, celery, strawberries and water for a refreshing beverage.

But how does a green drink compare with green tea for weight loss and health? Several new studies have shown that green tea can help reduce your risk of heart disease, prevent cancer and increase weight loss, reported Vox on July 29.

A study published in the Obesity Research Journal, for example, showed that green tea extract reduced body fat and lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that it also helped decrease the levels of "bad" cholesterol.

In addition, a meta-analysis of 17 studies discovered that you can lower your risk of heart disease by sipping three or more cups of green tea daily. Women appear to benefit more than men.

On a previous episode of his show, Dr. Oz recommended creating green tea lemonade, which he said boosts your metabolism. He created his own recipe that includes organic green tea and lemons.

A new research project also has shown that green tea changes the metabolism of cancer cells. Scientists have determined an antioxidant in tea called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) impacts enzymes that interact with the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells, reported the Epoch Times on July 29.

Conducted at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the study found that EGCG disrupts the metabolic functions in the cancer cells. "By explaining how green tea’s active component could prevent cancer, this study will open the door to a whole new area of cancer research and help us understand how other foods can prevent cancer or slow the growth of cancerous cells," said Dr. Wai-Nang Lee.