Green Tea had been utilized for decades in most parts of Asia for digestion and similarly used as Coffee in American culture, and it's beginning to turn into a hype in the US, mostly in Weight Loss and Skin Cleansing.
Benefits of Taking Green Tea Extract EGCG
Here are the most unexpected benefits from taking Green Tea extract:
1) Weight Loss
Green Tea Extract has always been one of the most powerful ingredients for weight loss. It is mainly influenced by the antioxidant (EGCG, epigallocatechin-3-gallate) in green tea. It can prevent carbohydrates from converting into glucose (sugar), and as we know, sugar turns into fat in the body, that's one of the main reasons people store fats.
Green tea can also boost your metabolism dramatically with its naturally occurring caffeine. Additionally, green tea specifically reduces "belly fat", which is what most people desire... According to NutritionExpress.com, EGCG can increase fat oxidation 4-fold in belly fat loss. These studies provide strong evidence for a role of green tea in lowering body fat. Of course, Green Tea pills are no magic just like any other pills out there but it's 100% more natural than anything else.
Green tea (EGCG) can also prevent wrinkles by reducing inflammation and free radicals on the skin to give you a better glow. Inflammation can be caused internally and externally in many elements such as makeup, dry skin, fast food, unhealthy carbohydrates that take a lot of energy for guts to digest …etc. Antioxidants such as EGCG can reduce this common inflammation so people’s skin can stay young and healthy long-term when used correctly.
Green tea has always been one of the most popular drinks in China to treat acne and stress bumps caused by inflammation. What people doesn't understand is that acne is not caused by dirt or bacteria (to an extent). It is caused by inflammation throughout your body especially in the guts from digesting highly inflammatory foods.
Normally people consume tons of food that would ignite inflammation in your stomach which results in causing the clogged pores to inflame as acne. The antioxidant (EGCG in Green Tea) can greatly reduce the inflammation and prevent the formation of acne long-term. In addition, EGCG also has anti-bacterial effects to actually treat acne internally.
"In one of the studies, the researcher wrote that green tea is as effective as benzoyl peroxide or antibiotic creams. Pretty impressive given that those are the go-to treatments for most dermatologists. And not only is green tea as effective as topical antibiotics, it also worked faster."(https://www.acneeinstein.com/topical-green-tea-for-acne/)
4) Cardiovascular, immune system, and diabetes
Green tea traditionally has been used to control blood sugar in the body. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed.
People with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin, a hormone that ushers glucose (sugar) into cells. EGCG may help regulate glucose in the body because it has a slight inhibition on carbohydrate digesting enzymes. Though more research in this area is needed, I routinely employ EGCG in all my diabetic patients, particularly because of their increased risk of cardiovascular disease and for their high requirement for antioxidants.
(cited from http://drhoffman.com/article/egcg-potent-extract-of-green-tea-2/)
5) Clean Energy
Green tea has naturally occurring caffeine to help people get a boost of energy. The caffeine in green tea is slightly different from the caffeine in coffee. Coffee usually gives people a spike of energy for a short amount of time. Green tea’s caffeine doesn’t give you significant of energy but a consistent effect throughout the day. BeLive’s Green Tea capsules usually, have 15 mg of caffeine per capsule which is 1/6 that of coffee.
Last but not least is digestion. Although it’s not directly related, green tea can help with digestion. It’s similar to what we talked about in weight loss. Everyone has a digestive enzyme in our saliva called Alpha-Amylase. It catalyzes starch conversion into sugar once it’s consumed in the body.
For instance, when we eat French fries (high starchy food), our saliva converts the fries into sugar which eventually turns into fat in our body. EGCG inhibits this enzyme to catalyzes starch conversion which really helps the body digest without using too much energy and prevents insulin spikes for those that are in risk of diabetes.