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Green tea extract is a herbal derivative from green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis). Containing antioxidant ingredients – mainly green tea catechins (GTC)
Green tea catechins are composed of four molecules in high amounts in green tea (although present in many sources), and the most potent one is EGCG. Effective at most claims, potent in few; fat burning is dependent on being Caffeine naive. Green tea extract is a product made from the Camellia sinensis plant which is used to make medicine. It is usually taken as a supplement or brewed or steeped in hot water and drunk as a beverage. Green Tea exerts most of its benefits through water-soluble polyphenols (frequently referred to as catechins) extracted from the leaves into water which is then consumed. Green tea extracts can also be taken in capsules and are sometimes used in skin products.
Green tea is ancient herbal medication that has been in use for thousands of years. The leaves that are used to make green tea grow in China and they are called amellia sinensis. People who lived in the central part of Asia first discovered the healing properties of green tea. From their it branched out to other parts of the world. Currently, green tea is sold commercially all throughout the world and its healing benefits are able to help people with various ailments.
What are the benefits of Green Tea?
Green tea has many useful healing qualities. Here is a list of what they are.
- Green tea can help to improve brain function.
- It is known to burn fat by increasing the metabolism
- Bacteria and infections can be reduced with the use of green tea.
- Green tea is known to boost a person's mental function amd improver alertness
Green tea has many more benefits and the primary reason why this substance heals people has to do with the catechin content. Catechin are antioxidants that are found in the leaves of the green tea plant. They are important to the growth of a plant but they have nutrients and ingredients that are essential to the human body. Ancient people who resided in central Asia drank large quantities of green tea and lived a long time. While this does not conclude that green tea is a magic elixir for long life and good health; it does show that this substance does help to benefit the body in many different ways.
What is Green Tea Extract?
Green tea is derived from amellia sinesis leaves. These leaves are taken from the plant but they are not processed in the same way as other commercial tea products. The leaves for green tea are not allowed to wither or oxidize. This is allows the leaves to retain most of their healing properties. Keep in mind that some green tea varieties must be commercially processed for storage reasons. However, this product is still not manufactured in the same ways as other types of teas. Green tea is also ground up into a powder form so it can be turned into a supplement. The catechin content within green tea is also extracted or synthesised for use in supplements as well.
What is Green Tea used for?
Green tea has been implicated in benefiting almost every organ system in the body. It is cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-obesity, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-artherogenic, liver protective and beneficial for blood vessel health. These beneficial effects are seen in doses both in green tea itself (as a drink) as well as supplemental form.
Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers, including breast, stomach, skin cancers and for improving mental alertness, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and protecting skin from sun damage.
There is a scientific evidence confirming that drinking green tea can improve thinking skills, and may help lower cholesterol and other fats called triglycerides. Green tea consumption might also prevent or delay Parkinson's disease and possibly help to prevent cancer of the bladder, esophagus, and pancreas. But green tea does not seem to help prevent stomach cancer.
There isn't enough information to show that green tea is effective for the other conditions people use it for including: kidney disease, heart disease, kidney stones, tooth decay, and others.
- Genital warts. A specific green tea extract ointment (Veregen, Bradley Pharmaceuticals) is FDA-approved for treating genital warts.
- Increasing mental alertness, due to the caffeine content of green tea.
- Preventing dizziness upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension) in older people.
- Preventing bladder, esophageal, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers.
- Weight loss
- Reducing the risk of Parkinson's disease.
- Decreasing high levels of fat in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
- Reducing abnormal development and growth of cells of the cervix (cervical dysplasia) caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.
- Low blood pressure. Green tea might help in elderly people who have low blood pressure after eating.
How does Green Tea work?
The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures. During this process, it is able to maintain important molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of the benefits of green tea.
Polyphenols might be able to prevent inflammation and swelling, protect cartilage between the bones, and lessen joint degeneration. They also seem to be able to fight human papilloma virus (HPV) infections and reduce the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia). Research cannot yet explain how this works.
Green tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may improve the function of brain messengers important in Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine is thought to stimulate the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters.”
Antioxidants and other substances in green tea might help protect the heart and blood vessels.
Who should use Green Tea?
Green tea can help to relieve minor problems with a person's body. Most sicknesses and conditions typically have the same symptoms. Ailments such as nausea, vomiting, high fever, tiredness, running nose and vomiting are usually associated with many different medical problems. Green tea is effective for eliminating many of these problems as long as they are minor in nature. Green tea can help to relieve an upset stomach or to sooth a soar throat.
The supplemental form of green tea is beneficial for helping a person to fight against long term health problems that can impact them over the course of their lives. Once again, this supplement is meant to prevent the onset of illnesses and not to cure them once they have been discovered.
How to take Green Tea Extract?
Most doses are standardized against EGCG. Although the amount of EGCG-equivalent varies from one cup of tea to another dependent on many factors (species of tea, length of steeping, time spent oxidizing) a rough rule of thumb could be that one cup of camellia sinensis green tea contains approximately 50mg of EGCG-equivalence.
Fat burning -Benefits of green tea catechins on lipid oxidation and related fat burning pathways are achieved in a dose dependent manner, although significant effects in humans are noted only at high doses, such as 400-500mg EGCG equivalent per day (most Green Tea Extract supplements are roughly 50% EGCG). Fat burning effects are highly synergistic, almost dependent, on not consuming caffeine habitually.
Green tea does not harm a person's body unless an individual's system cannot tolerate its ingredients. Since this is the case there is no prescribed dosage amount for this substance.
Green Tea Ingredients
- Green Tea 20:1 Extract 850mg
- Provides epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) 200mg in each capsule
- Capsule Shell (Gelatin)
What studies have been conducted on Green Tea?
Green tea may benefit some more than others
Proof that green tea reduces "bad" cholesterol levels
Antioxidant Effects of Tea: Evidence from Human Clinical Trials
Biological Evidence for the Benefit of Green Tea and EGCG in Arthritis
New Evidence That Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye Diseases
New Evidence That Green Tea Short-Circuits the Cancer Process
Does Green Tea Prevent Cancer? Evidence Continues to Brew, But Questions Remain
Safety And Quality
- Manufactured to GMP protocols
- Uses pharmaceutical grade ingredients
- Manufactured in the UK
- EFSA compliance (European Food Safety Authority)
- Manufactured in an Informed Sport registered facility
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