Green Tea Extract
Diet Pills, Capsules and Tablets
5 Different Types Reviewed

How do you buy green tea extract supplements without being ripped off? This comprehensive guide reviews diet pills, capsules, tablets, fat burners, liquid extract, diet patches and tea powders.

Heard about the health benefits of green tea? Want to know how best to maximize them? The first question you should ask yourself is this: How does a dietary supplement product compare to the beverage itself?

Initially, I found the idea of swallowing tea tablets unpalatable. Why should one bother with supplements when a soothing cup of tea is readily available?

Finally, after many months of research, I had a change of heart.

There are good and bad tea extract, just like there are good and bad tea leaves. Every one is different, and for some people, a tea supplement is an excellent idea.

A high quality tea supplement offers up a convenient, affordable and caffeine-free alternative. The key is to help identify good quality products and avoid the bad ones.

Unfortunately, tea supplements are unregulated by the FDA, and it is too easy to fall prey to internet scammers these days!

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Which Ingredients Are Best?

Okay, so let's say you want to buy a green tea extract. Which ingredients should you be looking for?

Green tea chemical composition is extremely complex. It contains as many as 200 bioactive compounds. It will take scientists a long time to understand how they all work together.

However, over the past 20 years, scientists have discovered that most of its health benefits can be explained by the Big Three:

Among the three, the most important group of constituents is the catechins, which accounts for 30 to 40 percent of dried tea weight.

The are 4 kinds of catechins. The star of the show, of course, is the powerful antioxidant EGCG.

Green Tea Ingredients - Chemical Composition and Constituents

So here is the tip you may find useful.

When you read the label next time, look for either catechins or EGCG content. Fuzzy words like Green Tea Leaf Extract or Polyphenols doesn't mean anything as catechins are very active and easily destroyed.

Same Health Benefits?

green tea extractWhile the Chinese people have been drinking green tea for the last 2,000 years, green tea extract is a recent invention. How can we be sure that ingesting it will give the same benefits as drinking green tea?

While long term population studies tend to use beverages, short duration laboratory and human trials tend to use green tea extract for consistency.

Remember the last time you heard about a newly discovered green tea benefit? Chances are this study was performed using green tea extract.

This doesn't mean that green tea pills offer the same level of enjoyment and protection as drinking a cup of tea, but there is no question that a quality product offers a lot of health benefits.

Promote Weight Loss?

If your green tea supplement product promises you weight loss, think again. Unless you get your ingredients and dosage right, scientific studies have shown that simply consuming EGCG won't help you lose weight.

So, what are the secrets of successful green tea extract weight loss? Here are the results of four studies conducted on the efficacy of catechins on fat burning and metabolism.

These four studies show that you need to consume somewhere between 300 to 700 milligrams of catechins or EGCG a day to have any weight loss effect.

If you are consuming towards the lower end of the scale (say 300 milligrams), then make sure your formulation contains a significant amount of metabolic stimulants such as caffeine.

Green Tea Extract Weight Loss - Dieter's Slimming Guide

If you are interested in drinking tea beverage to lose weight, read Green Tea Diet - How To Be A Successful Loser.

Any Side Effects?

green tea extractWhen taking pills, things can go wrong more easily than when drinking tea. This is because your body finds it much harder to tell the good from the bad extract. Also, it is easier to overdose when you are swallowing pills.

Always stick with a trusted manufacturer and never exceed the recommended dosage. To be even safer, keep you tea programs short - say 3 months, and seek medical advice when you have medical conditions.

Green Tea Supplement Side Effects - Harmful Pills?

How Much Daily?

When deciding how much green tea extract to take daily, my advice is to follow the manufacturer's instructions, and never exceed the recommended dosage.

One has to exercise caution when taking dietary supplements, because tea extract is not the same as the tea beverage. Product quality is highly dependent on the tea leaves used and the intermediate processing steps.

Tea supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so plenty of sub-standard products exist.

The first step is to read the product instructions and never overdose.

To give you an idea of the amount needed, many health benefits associated with green tea are observed in the Far East, where people drink 3 cups of tea a day. They contain about 300 milligrams of catechins.

A daily intake of 300 to 600 milligrams of catechins a day would seem a reasonable amount.

Perfect Supplement?

Okay, now comes to most critical bit. How do you buy a perfect tea supplement? Here are the six most important things you should consider when buying.

  • High potency

  • Herbicide free

  • Caffeine content (depending on individual conditions)

  • Synergistic herbal blend

  • Credible manufacturer

  • Convenience

To learn how to shop around for a healthy dose of green tea extract, read

Green Tea Supplements - How To Buy A Perfect Extract

5 Types of Tea Extract Explained

Type #1:
Green Tea Diet Patch

Green tea diet patch is every marketer's dream. Wear them and feel your fat melt away. Every two days, peel off the old patch and replace it with the new one - watch as you take off the pounds. How enticing!

Unfortunately it doesn't quite work like this. Naturally occurring green tea is water soluble, not fat soluble. Skin absorption is terribly inefficient when compared to anything administered orally.

It is hard enough to get the green tea extract to penetrate your skin, and impossible for enough green tea to get into your blood to kickstart the slimming process.

Diet patch has a great reputation for attracting internet scammers, so watch out. If you ever feel tempted, read the following article to spot the warning signs.

Green Tea Diet Patch Review - How To Create A Scam With Just 5 Tricks

Type #2:
Green Tea Fat Burner

Green tea is now a regular ingredient of fat burner products, thanks to its well-documented weight loss effects.

Because tea supplements are treated by the FDA as dietary supplements and not drugs, manufacturers need not do any testing before selling. As a result, these products often contain inferior ingredients.

If you read the sales copy of any of these products, you will find that they quote heavily from scientific studies. Take a closer look and you may discover that these studies are generic; they do not relate specifically to their own products.

This is important, because manufacturers often use ingredients inferior to those used in laboratory studies. These unproven fat burners won't help you lose weight. They may even put your health at risk.

So which fat burners have undergone real scientific studies?

In the article below, I introduce three of these products. Two of them contain significant amounts of ingredients not found in green tea, and their use is still considered controversial.

Green Tea Fat Burner - Which Weight Loss Supplements Are Proven?

Type #3:
Green Tea Powder

Instant tea was developed in the 1930s, but not commercialized until the late 1950s. Similar to freeze dried instant coffee, it has recently become popular.

It is great for people who want to enjoy tea but don't have time to brew the tea.

It is also ideal for making iced tea, as it doesn't require boiling water to brew. In addition, these products often come with added flavors, such as lemon, raspberry or honey. They can be sweetened or unsweetened.

Convenience and taste aside, there are two problems with instant green tea as a healthy beverage - lack of antioxidants and a potentially high level of fluoride.

Instant Green Tea Powder Mix - Antioxidants and Fluoride

Type #4:
Matcha Green Tea

Matcha powder can be considered a much more upmarket version of green tea powder. It has been a Japanese tradition for centuries.

It is different from most other types of tea in that the leaves are ground into a fine powder. Instead of steeping the tea, it is prepared by adding the powder to a cup (or bowl) of water and whisking it to frothy perfection.

True matcha is produced from the best of Japanese tea - gyokuro. Gyokuro bushes are kept under 90% shaded conditions from the beginning of May for 20 days.

Learning how to buy matcha green tea is almost an art onto itself. The following article will explain the basics of matcha, the different grades and types available, and how to buy one.

Matcha Green Tea Powder Guide - Types and Grades

Royal Matcha and Kina Organic are two popular green tea powder brands. This article compares the two, and suggests another lower cost alternative.

Green Tea Powder - Royal Matcha and Kina Organic Review

Finally, how does matcha powder compares to tea beverage in term of the amount of antioxidant it contains? Unfortunately, the health benefits of matcha green tea is over-hyped and over-stated. This article will explain why.

Matcha Powder Benefits Vs Green Tea Leaves - A Reality Check

Type #5:
Liquid Green Tea Extract

Liquid green tea extract represents the next generation of tea extract. All three liquid green tea extracts I reviewed come standardized, so that their chemical compositions resemble that of a real green tea.

This is a highly encouraging start.

Its main attraction is the convenience factor. With a liquid extract, all you have to do is drop a dropper full into your water bottle or other favorite beverages, and you can reap the rewards of drinking the equivalent of err.. 5, 10 even 20 cups of green tea.

Yes, that is what the manufacturers claim anyway. Unfortunately, things are not quite as simple as that.

Liquid Green Tea Review - Plus, Pure and Chi Compared

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