27 Jul Ingredient of the Week: Green Tea Extract
What is Green Tea Extract?
Green tea comes from the plant, Camellia sinensis. It is loaded with polyphenols, including flavonoids and catechins, particularly epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG). It has multiple benefits, but not everyone enjoys the often bitter taste. That is where green tea extract (GTE) comes in. Taking GTE as a supplement gives all the benefits of drinking green tea, minus the flavor.
Green tea is a powerhouse ingredient, providing a host of benefits thanks to EGCG. These include providing antioxidants which can reduce the formation of harmful free radicals in the body, give a boost to your immune system and improve overall health. Green tea can also have a slight stimulatory effect, as a result of containing some caffeine and L-theanine. The combination of the two increase the activity of GABA, dopamine and the production of alpha waves, leading to improved brain function. Green tea has also been shown to increase fat oxidation and boost metabolic rate, supporting a healthy body composition.
Possible Side Effects:
Green tea is considered generally safe for most people. However, when taken in excess, green tea may cause stomach discomfort, heartburn, diarrhea, and headache.
The recommended dose for fat oxidation benefits is 250mg of EGCG, or 500mg of Green tea extract at a 50% EGCG level.
When to Take:
Green tea can be taken any time throughout the day. When you are taking our Ignite, we recommend taking it 30 minutes before breakfast to achieve the best results.