Frequently Asked Questions About Green Tea Extract

What is green tea?
Prepared from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea is an ancient beverage that has been enjoyed for thousands of years for its simple, soothing taste and its traditional health benefits. Used in China, Japan, India and Thailand, green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world.
What is the difference between Green Tea and Black Tea?
Green tea like regular black tea comes from leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant.  The difference occurs during the processing of the tea leaves.   Green tea leaves are steamed and then dried shortly after plucking.  By steaming the tea leaves, the Green Tea maintains its green color.  Black Tea is allowed to ferment and oxidize before processing.  Black tea gets its color and character as a result of the oxidation process.  Both teas are then dried and sorted.
What is EGCG?
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is member of the catechin family and holds very powerful antioxidant properties. EGCG, which you may also see on product labels as catechins or flavonoids, is the reason that foods such as blueberries, dark chocolate and red wine are touted as “super foods” in the media. Green tea contains especially high concentrations, which is why its use has soared in popularity in recent years. If EGCG is an ingredient in a vitamin or supplement you’re taking, its value will depend on how much is included in the recommended dose. Clinical studies linking EGCG to health benefits involve the use of 300mg or more.
Harmful Effects?
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg.
When and How to Take Green Tea extract?
Green tea can be prepared as a beverage the most popular way of consuming it. Green tea extracts in capsule. Taking capsules provides you with a higher concentration of green tea extracts at a time, which is more beneficial to your body. Green tea capsules are easier and more convenient to take for
How does it work?
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).

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 vessel.