Camellia sinensis is the botanical name of a plant that is utilized to produce various types of tea. Teas obtained from the plant include green tea, white tea, yellow tea, as well as several others.
One type of extract from Camellia sinensis leaves is referred to as green tea extract (GTE). The primary active ingredients of green tea extract are catechins, flavonoids, caffeine.
Some extracts include the natural caffeine found in the leaves, while others remove it. Green tea extract is fairly pleasant to most individuals, who find it physically stimulating and mentally calming.
Green tea extract can be classified as anti-inflammatory and nootropic. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea extract may ease the pain associated with inflammation, this includes arthritis pain.
Green tea extract is commonly described as physically energizing, and at the same time mentally calming. The extracts of green tea are employed in the practice of traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
Although there is limited evidence of benefit, green tea extract is sometimes taken to lose weight, extend longevity, prevent or cure cancer, reduce blood sugar levels, reduce chances of cardiovascular disease, reduce cholesterol levels.
A dose of 200-350 milligrams is recommended. If you will be taking it on a daily basis (to minimize potential problems), limit consumption to a maximum of about 400 milligrams per day.
Some people take one dose a day, others take two to three doses at regular intervals. Those involved in physical training like bodybuilders may take large doses, in the range of 500-1000 mg two to three times per day.
Some of the active ingredients are water soluble and others are alcohol soluble. Putting green tea extract powder in capsules and taking on an empty stomach will help GTE work fairly quickly.
Washing down capsules with a glass of green tea may increase positive effects. You will probably find the taste very bad if you mix green tea extract directly into liquids like water or fruit juice.
Taking green tea extract with quercetin may increase the potency of GTE. Taking green tea extract with carbohydrates may decrease bioavailability, resulting in decreased potency.
Green Tea Extract Availability
Prior to utilizing green tea extract, to be safe discuss it with your physician. On your first attempt it might be the best thing to try working with a small quantity, somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 milligrams or less.
A small dose size will give you an indication of the possible results as well as alerting you to any negative reactions. At small dose sizes, the effects are subtle and some people might not notice anything.
Doses of green tea extract larger than 400 milligrams (less for people under 100 lbs) per day may increase the chances of liver toxicity, especially if consumed on a daily basis. Green tea extract that contains caffeine may cause problems for those who are caffeine sensitive.
Green tea extract may cause:
--- Stomach pain.
Green tea extract may increase:
--- The risk of bleeding.
--- Pressure inside the eye.
--- The amount of calcium excreted in urine.