What makes green tea’s benefits so special compared to other teas? Green tea’s benefits have known to help with skin, allergies weight loss, cholesterol, antibacterial, cancer…you name it!
Green tea benefits are thought to stem from its antioxidants called polyphenols. These polyphenols include flavanols, flavandiols, and phenolic acids which can account up to 30% of the dry weight. However the best green tea benefits are attributed to it’s polyphenols called catechins, which account for up to 10% of the dry weight.
Look for EGCG on Labels
When you buy products with green tea extract in them, most often what you find on the label is the word “EGCG“, which stands for epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a catechin antioxidant and has been studied quite extensively in science for its known benefits for weight loss. There are five other main catechin antioxidants that are found in green tea products also known to display biological activity to also look for. These include: (+) catechin (C) ; (-)-epicatechin (EC); (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC), (-)-gallocatechin gallate (GCG), (-)-epigallocatechin allate (EGCG) and (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECG).
One study in a journal called Endocrinology found that amongst green tea antioxidants, EGCG demonstrated the most benefits because it significantly reduced food intake, body weight, blood levels of testosterone, estradiol, glucose (sugar in blood), cholesterol as well as the growth of the prostate.