Green Tea

Botanical  Information

All types of tea (green, black, white, and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from this plant are steamed to produce green tea. Green tea is thought to have the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols.

Features & Benefits

  • Several population-based clinical studies have shown that both green and black teas help protect against cancer.
  • Helps to improve mental alertness (contains caffeine)
  • Supports weight loss and health metabolism. Researchers speculate that polyphenols, specifically catechins such as EGCG, are responsible for the herb’s fat-burning effect.
  • Has liver supporting properties
  • Helps to regulate glucose in the body

Suggestions & Precautions

  • Most side effects are the result of the caffeine content. Most supplements have very little caffeine: about 5 to 6 mg in two 250mg pills. One cup of brewed tea, however, has about 40mg of caffeine
  • If excessive amounts of brewed tea are consumed, side effects may include caffeine-related irritability, sleeplessness, irregular heartbeat,  dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or headache
  • Never brew tea with boiling water. High temperatures can destroy valuable therapeutic compounds
  • Individuals taking medications should consult with a health care professional prior to use due to a variety of drug interactions

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