Green tea is one of the most commonly consumed teas in the world.
Green tea extract is its concentrated form, with just one capsule containing the same amount of active ingredients as an average cup of green tea.
The health benefits of green tea extract are mostly due to its high antioxidant content.
Antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress by fighting cell damage caused by free radicals. This cell damage is associated with aging and several diseases
Oxidative stress increases fat buildup in the blood, which promotes inflammation in the arteries and leads to high blood pressure
The antioxidants in green tea extract, especially EGCG, have been shown to protect brain cells from oxidative stress
This protection can help reduce brain damage that could lead to mental decline and brain diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia
Green tea extract is rich in catechins, and it contains a decent amount of caffeine.
Interestingly, it seems that this combination of ingredients is responsible for its weight loss properties
The catechins in green tea extract may also help reduce inflammation caused by some liver diseases like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
The maintenance of your body’s tissues and organs is characterized by cell death and regrowth. Specialized cells known as stem cells produce new cells to replace those that die. This process keeps cells active and healthy.
Whether taken as a supplement or applied to the skin, green tea extract has been shown to improve skin health.
A large review demonstrated that when applied to the skin, green tea extract can help treat a variety of skin problems, such as dermatitis, rosacea and warts. Also, as a supplement, it has been shown to help with skin aging and acne
Green tea extract seems to be helpful in exercise, whether it’s by improving exercise performance or enhancing recovery.
The catechins in green tea, especially EGCG, have been shown to enhance insulin sensitivity and regulate the production of blood sugar, both of which can lower blood sugar level.
Green tea extract is available in liquid, powder and capsule forms.