Green tea extract is one of the most popular workout supplements on the market, used widely by bodybuilders, runners and others looking to increase fat-burning effects of exercise. One of the key compounds in green tea is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a potent antioxidant thought of by some as a sort of kryptonite to body fat. Supporters say it reduces fat gain and enhances fat-burning. But the amount found in a typical cup of green tea is not enough to have much effect.
Black tea, oolong tea, and green tea come from the same Camellia sinensis plant. But unlike the other two varieties, green tea leaves are not fermented before steaming and drying.
Most teas contain large amounts of polyphenols, which are plant-based substances that have been shown to have antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties.
However, green tea is particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, but recent research in animals show that catechins may also affect body fat accumulation and cholesterol levels.
So, for those who don't like drinking tea or don't want the hassle of drinking a whole truckload a day, a supplement with green tea extract in its formula would be a better way to get all the incredible benefits that green tea has to offer.
Alright, for those of you who like to get right to the point, here's a quick recap on the power of green tea:
Increases 24-hour energy expenditure
Increases the body's key fat-burning hormone, norepinephrine
Provides powerful antioxidants
Supports a healthy immune system