Friday, January 11, 2008

Green Tea Extract

Green tea has been shown is recent studies to have numerous health benefits. The green tea extract, called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is the main catechin of green tea that helps fight against aging related diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Green tea extract and it’s main constituent, EGCG have been shown to have strong antioxidant activity, enhance metabolism and fat oxidation and promote mouth health. EGCG has also been shown to help in maintaining healthy glucose levels.

A lot of herbal green tea extracts are out now on the market, but they are not created equally. Some may have little or no EGCG extract in them at all. Also, some green tea extracts may have pesticides; caffeine and herbicide residues so it’s best to first consult with your country’s bureau of food and drugs as well as scrutinize the ingredients and country of origin.

In a more recent study, ingestion of tea rich in catechins lead to a reduction of body fat in men. Meanwhile, EGCG was shown to maintain oral health by inhibiting growth bacteria that cause dental caries, periodontal diseases, halitosis and bad breath. Its antioxidant properties possess anti-inflammatory property, inhibit vascular smooth muscle growth, counteract vasoconstriction and prevent stroke as well as hypertension.



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