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What is the Fuss About Green Tea Extract? Top 3 Benefits Explained

You may have already come across Green Tea Extract somewhere before. It is one of the most widely consumed health-promoting supplements, and for good reason! The extracted compounds from Green Tea include catechins and polyphenols, two very powerful health-promoting compound groups. The main benefits of these compounds are their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

In this article, we’ll explore the top benefits of taking a Green Tea Extract supplement. We also look into the recommended dosage and potential side effects. If you’re interested in learning more about this wonderful supplement then this is a great article to start with!

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Benefits and Effects

Green Tea Extract has a number of great benefits. People have been drinking green tea for thousands of years, especially throughout Asia. It has always been known as a drink to support relaxation, focus, and a healthy metabolism.[1]

A Green Tea Extract gives you a powerful dosage of the good compounds for health found in green tea. These include groups of compounds called catechins and polyphenols. Of these compounds, ECGC is by far the most powerful.[2]

Green Tea Extract benefits that people are talking about include:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory effects: Helping your body to manage low-grade inflammation is one of the best effects of Green Tea Extract.[3] When your body has a lower amount of inflammation, you are healthier and at a lower risk of developing many diseases.[4] The best way to reduce inflammation is a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. See our article about inflammation here. 
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    Strong antioxidant effects: Another great benefit of Green Tea Extract is its strong antioxidant effects.[5] An antioxidant supplement destroys reactive chemicals in your body called “free-radicals”. Free radicals are harmful chemicals that can react with your cells and cause damage to your DNA.[6] Read more about <free radicals here>. 

  • Other health benefits: Green Tea Extract has a host of other health benefits, which you can read about on our <product description>. Although Green Tea Extract is currently sold as a dietary supplement, scientists are conducting research on a number of potentially important health benefits of using this great substance.[7] At this point, the research is preliminary and we can’t say for sure that the results the scientists are finding will apply to everybody.[8] 
  • Helps to support a healthy metabolism: Green Tea Extract may also help to support a healthy metabolism.[9] People have been using green tea as a metabolism stimulant for thousands of years. This may be because of the great relationship between <green tea extract and caffeine>.

Recommended Dosage

The recommended dosage depends on the strength and purity of the extract that you take. For a high quality, high strength extract, the recommended dosage is 250 – 500 mg daily.[10] This dosage is sufficient for providing you with the powerful health-promoting effects.

 

Side Effects?

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Side effects from using Green Tea Extract are rare and mild. Green Tea Extract is a powerful supplement with great health-promoting effects. We do not recommend exceeding the daily dosage. The recommended dosage is more than enough for the great effects of this supplement.

Some side effects from high doses of Green Tea Extract may include headaches, dizziness, nausea, stomach cramps, irritability, and heartburn.[11] Many Green Tea Extract supplements are taken in combination with caffeine, which is known to have side effects at high doses. Exceeding the recommended dosage may put stress on your liver and kidneys and is not recommended.

 

Conclusion

In summary, we see that Green Tea Extract is a great supplement for promoting good health. People love to use this great supplement because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It may also be beneficial in supporting a healthy metabolism. Scientists are conducting studies on Green Tea Extract supplements for a number of other health benefits. However, the evidence is not yet conclusive about them.

References:

 

[1] Beneficial effects of green tea: A literature review, SM Chacko et al., Chin Med. 2010; 5: 13.

Published online 2010 Apr 6

[2] EGCG, GREEN TEA POLYPHENOLS AND THEIR SYNTHETIC ANALOGS AND PRODRUGS FOR HUMAN CANCER PREVENTION AND TREATMENT, D Chen et al., Adv Clin Chem. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2012 Mar 15.

[3] Green tea extract reduces blood pressure, inflammatory biomarkers, and oxidative stress and improves parameters associated with insulin resistance in obese, hypertensive patients, P Bogdanski et al., Nutr Res. 2012 Jun;32(6):421-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.05.007. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

[4] Evaluation of anti-inflammatory effects of green tea and black tea: A comparative in vitro study, P Chatterjee et al., J Adv Pharm Technol Res. 2012 Apr-Jun; 3(2): 136–138.

[5] Antioxidant effects of green tea, SC Forester et al., Mol Nutr Food Res. 2011 Jun; 55(6): 844–854, Published online 2011 May 2. doi:  10.1002/mnfr.201000641

[6] Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health, LA Pham-Huy et al., Int J Biomed Sci. 2008 Jun; 4(2): 89–96.

[7] Health-promoting effects of green tea, Y Suzuki et al., Proc Jpn Acad Ser B Phys Biol Sci. 2012 Mar 9; 88(3): 88–101.

[8] Cancer and metastasis: prevention and treatment by green tea, N Khan and H Muktar, Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2010 Sep; 29(3): 435–445.

[9] The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: a meta-analysis, R Hursel et al., Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Sep;33(9):956-61. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2009.135. Epub 2009 Jul 14

[10] Green Tea Catechins, Examine.com, retrieved on November 8, 2016

[11] Adverse effects of concentrated green tea extracts, Schönthal AH, Mol Nutr Food Res. 2011 Jun;55(6):874-85. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201000644. Epub 2011 Apr 29.