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The polyphenols(epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG), which make up an average of 50% of Green tea extract, may support weight loss by increasing energy expenditure. Healthy young men who took two green tea capsules (containing 50 mg of caffeine and 90 mg of EGCG) three times a day had a significantly greater energy expenditure and fat oxidation than those who took caffeine alone or placebo.1 Green Tea Extract is one of the 21 Active Ingredients used in Thermadrol to help increase energy and weight loss. One cup of green tea typically contains 90-200mg of EGCG. Green Tea does not increase your heart rate as most other fat burning ingredients, it is even a mild heart rate reducer.

Green tea is the natural dried leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Black tea is oxidized green tea. Green tea, unlike black and oolong tea, is not fermented, so the active constituents remain unaltered in the herb. Both have been used in Asia for thousands of years as beverage and medicine. When Green Tea is decaffenated it does not show the same benefits of natural unprocessed green tea.

Green tea extract is a bioflavonoid-rich, potent extract which is used primarily for fighting free radicals. It has a high content of polyphenols, which are a class of bioflavonoids. Its key ingredient,(-) Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), protects against digestive and respiratory infections. (A solution of 1 mcg per ml of EGCG heavily inhibited influenza virus in vitro.)

It helps block the cancer-promoting actions of carcinogens, ultraviolet light, and metastasis from an original site in the skin, stomach, small intestine, liver or lung. Higher quantities (0.5% to 1% of diet) were protective against high total and LDL-cholesterol levels on a cholesterol promoting diet in rats.

EGCG also reduces platelet aggregation about as much as aspirin or Ginkgo Biloba extract.

Adding milk to a green tea drink cancels out green tea's beneficial properties.

1. Dulloo AG, Duret C, Rohrer D, et al. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;70:1040–5.

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