Top that off with the effect of lowered cholesterol, thought to be a result of the high catechin content in green tea, and we could be on to a winner!
Some studies suggest the catechins and caffeine found in green tea may help burn more calories by increasing your basal metabolic rate.
Others indicate that green tea could assist weight loss via fat oxidation, insulin sensitivity and reduced carbohydrate absorption.
So Why Take Green Tea Extract Instead Of Drinking Green Tea?
Well first, there’s the taste. Most tea drinkers in the western world are accustomed to the taste of black tea, which is stronger and sweeter.
So as a drink, this just might not be your cup of tea, so to speak.
And even if you do drink green tea, it is typically not organic.
By taking green tea extract as part of Athletic Greens, you are optimizing the benefit of the plant whilst reducing the risk of getting some not-so-nice contaminants, such as pesticides and metals.
Green tea extract also works well together with other potent antioxidants like cocoa bean polyphenol extract, which, of course, is also found in Athletic Greens.
On top of that, we’ve added Alpha Lipoic Acid as an antioxidant “recycler”, and vitamin C, vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and co-enzyme Q-10 to maximize the antioxidant benefits.
What You Don’t Know About Green Tea Extract
Well this article wouldn’t be complete without some trivia to get the brain whirring and some answers for the curious mind!
Does green tea extract contain caffeine?
The answer is yes, but the content is much lower than that of coffee or black tea.
Typically a cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine and a cup of green tea contains about 20 mg. Black tea sits somewhere between the two. It’s worth bearing in mind this is all brand-dependent.
This means the caffeine effect in green tea extract is low. However, if you’re sensitive to caffeine you should note it still has the potential to stimulate and keep you awake!
FYI, the dose in Athletic Greens is low enough that it should not be significant.
Should I drink green tea with food?