GREEN TEA EXTRACT
Tea was first cultivated in China during the first millennium. Legend has it that drinking tea originated when dried leaves from a nearby wild tea plant blew off and landed in Emperor Shennong's pot of boiling water. He drank the water not noticing its brown colour. He was pleased with the refreshing drink and cha (tea) was born. Early in its history, the Chinese recognized tea's medicinal properties. Today, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water.
While all tea has health benefits, green tea surpasses all others. The difference between the three main varieties of tea--green, black and oolong—is in how they are processed. Unlike the other two varieties, green tea is made from unfermented leaves. Because of this, it has the highest concentration of the powerful antioxidant polyphenol. (The green tea extract in Petite-Appetite contains 95% polyphenols.) Antioxidants fight free radical compounds in our bodies that change cells, damage DNA and cause diseases including cancer and heart disease. The polyphenols in green tea neutralize these free radicals, preventing and even repairing some of the damage they cause.
Green tea's polyphenols are catechins. Its six primary catechin compounds are:
- epicatechin gallate
- apigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG)
EGCG is the most potent polyphenol, the most researched, and the source of green tea's fat-burning properties. EGCG reacts in conjunction with the caffeine in green tea to stimulate the central nervous system in such a way that fat is released into the blood stream for the body to use as fuel. This process called thermogenesis, gives you extra energy and helps reduce water retention as you burn body fat.
While caffeine alone stimulates metabolism, research has shown it is the interaction of EGCG with caffeine that makes green tea such an extraordinary weight loss supplement. Numerous studies validate green tea's ability to stimulate the metabolism and accelerate weight loss.
Among them are:
Index) and blood cholesterol as measured by the level of LDL (low density lipoprotein). High levels of LDL increase a person's risk of heart
disease. The study found men who ingested green tea extracts with 583 mg of catechin, had reduced BMI and LDL levels.
Green tea also contains theobromine, theophylline and L-theanine. Alone or in combination, the benefits of these ingredients go beyond weight loss and include treatment of various cancers, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, Crohn's disease and other inflammatory bowel disorders.
The Green tea extract in Petite-Appetite contains 50% Polyphenols with an impressive 9750 ORAC value. The active ingredients are extracted without heat and/or chemicals, and have an extraction ratio of 40:1. This method of extraction results in a highly stabilized yield of pure extract that is 99.99% bio-available. It is the purest and most potent extract known to mankind.
University of Maryland Medical Center
American Family Physician