Liquid Green Tea Extract Review
Plus, Pure and Chi Compared

Liquid green tea extracts promise the world, but can they deliver? In this article, I review three popular brands to see how they measure up.



Why would you want to use a liquid extract, anyway? Why not just drink the tea? The main benefit is for those of us on the go, who don’t have time to slow down and brew a cup.

With a liquid extract, all you have to do is drop a dropper full of extract into your water bottle, and you can reap the rewards of drinking the equivalent of 5, 10 even 20 cups of green tea…right?

Well, not quite…as we noted in my article Tea Supplements Vs Beverage, most manufacturers overstate their claims and there is really no need to drink 10 to 20 cups of tea a day. 3 to 6 is fine!

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some popular liquid green tea extracts, shall we?

Liquid Green Tea Extract #1:
Green Tea Plus

According to Green Tea Plus, this liquid green tea extract “combines the traditional benefits of drinking green tea with modern science.”

In addition, the product also contains 72 trace minerals and is sweetened with stevia and “magic fruit,” a fruit used in Chinese traditional medicine and as a sweetener.

How many polyphenols are in this elixir?

According to the ingredients list, each 2 milliliters serving should contain 400 milligrams of green tea extract, standardized to 90% polyphenols. So, that is approximately 360 milligrams of polyphenols per serving.

Since this extract has been standardized, I would assume that about 30% those 360 milligrams of polyphenols would be catechins, or about 108 milligrams.

When buying tea extract, it is important to figure out how much catechins it contains because they ARE the antioxidants.

EGCG is one of the six catechins and makes up approximately 50% of the total catechins content.

But wait…according to a tea catechins study by the USDA, one serving of green tea (3 grams) infused over several times would yield about 300 milligrams of catechins …so this extract isn’t much more concentrated than the real thing!

So why is Green Tea Plus claiming a serving is equivalent to 6 cups of green tea? Obviously they are comparing to a low quality green tea commonly sold in the West.

If you want this product for the convenience factor or for the trace minerals, go ahead, but you are not getting a super-concentrated extract.

This product is not decaffeinated - so it won't help those of you looking for a caffeine free alternative.

Final Verdict: At 108 milligrams of catechins per serving, this product contains less catechins than a quality green tea.

Liquid Green Tea Extract #2:
GreenTeaPure

GreenTeaPure claims to offer the benefits of up to 12 cups of green tea in just an eyedropper full of extract, but what does the ingredients list say?

The ingredient list starts with 480 milligrams of liquid green tea extract. According to the manufacturer, the extract has been standardized to be 98.7% polyphenols, so about 474 milligrams polyphenols.

Confusingly, the manufacturer says the product contains 30% catechins/50% EGCG.

What this means is that the extract contains 30% catechins, of which 50% EGCG (not 50% EGCG).

So, it contains only 142 milligrams of catechins and 71 milligrams of EGCG.

There is also green tea powder added to the extract, providing an undefined amount of additional catechins.

Most green tea powders have low potency. So assuming an average of 10% catechins, this takes the total catechins to 182 milligrams - which is hardly inspiring.

The upside is that there is acai berry added to provide additional antioxidants and goji berry to improve immune function.

According to a tea catechins study by the USDA, one serving of regular green tea (about 3 grams) infused over several times would yield about 300 milligrams of catechins and 150 milligrams of EGCG.

So this extract is less concentrated than the real thing.

This product is not decaffeinated - so it won't help those of you looking for a caffeine free alternative.

Final Verdict: At 142 milligrams of catechins per serving, this product is better than Green Tea Plus, but still contains less catechins than a quality green tea.

Liquid Green Tea Extract #3:
Chi Tea

Chi Tea Green Tea Extracts also claims to pack the goodness of 12 cups of tea into a dropper. Is this company any more credible?

Yes, perhaps. They don’t say how many catechins and EGCG you will get from a serving, but they do provide a third party laboratory test to confirm that their product contains 95% polyphenols.

A closer look at these tests shows a total catechin content of 107 milligrams per milliliter. Now, the website doesn’t say how many milliliters are in a serving, so it is hard to say if they are inflating the number of cups of tea that one dose is equivalent to.

However, other liquid green tea extracts are about 2 milliliters per serving, and that would not add up to 12 cups of tea per serving!

Also, their testimonials page raised a red flag - what are the odds that every single testimonial would come from New York? And can green tea extract really make someone whose wheelchair-bound walk again? Probably not!

Possible exaggerations aside, this product does have some very clear advantages.

First, it is organic, with no herbicide or pesticide residues.

Second, this liquid green tea extract is tested repeatedly for quality by a third-party lab, and the results are published on the site. At least you know what it contains, and maybe even more important, what it does not contain!

Chi Tea Extracts has a few different formulas:

  • First, there’s the Ultimate Green Tea Extract with astralagus and goji berry. Astralagus is used in Chinese medicine to boost the immune system and to help the heart. Goji berry has polysaccharides, which are supposed to increase immune function as well.

  • The Ener-Chi Extracts have added guarana and other herbs to give you an energy boost.

  • The Chi-Tox Tea extract has extracts from Chinese mushrooms (maitake, shitake, reishi and coryceps) to detox the liver and perhaps prevent cancer.

If you are taking any prescription medicines, you should talk to your doctor before using these extracts to make sure there are no interactions!

Final Verdict: At 214 milligrams of catechins per serving, this product is the best of the lot, but it still contains less catechins than a quality green tea.

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