I found this info about Green Tea Extract in Shakeology From The FIT DOC.

This isnt like going and getting one of those sugar filled green tea drinks from the strore, this is the actual extract of green tea which is very powerful.

I think you will be shocked at all of the benefits green tea extract has to offer and the fact that we have put it into Shakeology is even better!!!

Shakeology is amazing I have been using it for 12 weeks now and I have lost 30 lbs and 24 inches. Not to mention I feel great!

Ingredient Demystified: Green Tea Extract

I started looking into green tea extract and I found that I’ll never be able to write enough about it. There’s way too much! This stuff does everything except grow hair on Mark Briggs! (And it probably would do that, too if he tried it!) (Just kidding Mark, don’t kill me!)

The active ingredients in green tea are a group of polyphenolic compounds called catechins, also known as EC, EG, ECG, and the ever-popular EGCG. For the purpose of this post, I’ll simply refer to all of them as ‘green tea.’

Since there is seriously so much to post about green tea, I’ll do it as a list.

Heart Healthy (this is a long one!)
Anti-oxidant (in multiple ways)
Lowers blood pressure
Activates endothelial nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels
Prevents vascular inflammation which plays a key role in the progression of plaques, or blockages, in arteries in the heart and throughout the body.
Overgrowth of smooth muscle is involved in blockages in blood vessels and of metal stents placed during angioplasty procedures. Green tea interferes with this vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation.
Inhibits blood clot formation
(This is why you should stop taking GTE two weeks before major surgery)
Lipid lowering effects
Inhibit enzymes involved in cholesterol formation
Reduces lipid and cholesterol absorption in the intestines
Can reduce LDL and increase HDL
(high doses may bee needed to see effects==> 9+ cups/day)
Lessens the spike in blood lipids and fatty acids after eating
a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Supresses lipogenesis, the formation of fatty acids.

“Taken together, catechins may be novel plant-derived small molecules for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.”
Current Medical Chemistry, 200, 15, 1840-1850

Brain protector
Green Tea has been shown to protect brain cells from dyig in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Population studies show that drinking 2 or more cups of green tea a day is associated with lower risk of these diseases.

Cancer fighting

Green tea is associated with lowered risk of many cancers including stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Green tea’s EGCG regulates and inhibits cancer growth and kills cells that are growing inappropriately.

Increases metabolic rate

Clinical trials conducted by the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham indicate that green tea raises metabolic rate and thermogenesis (the rate at which calories are burned) and therefore increases energy expenditure. It also speeds up fat breakdown and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

There is also a suggestion that it can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism.
(source: Wikipedia)

Helps Improve Weight loss

There have been a handful of studies on Green tea and weight loss. Most find modest, but significant effects. Here is one study from the respected journal, Obesity (2007) 15, 1473–1483;

A Green Tea Extract High in Catechins Reduces Body Fat and Cardiovascular Risks in Humans*

They performed a double blinded study of 240 subjects who either took Green Tea Extract with 600 mg of catechins per day or less than 100 mg (control group) for 12 weeks.

They concluded that “The continuous ingestion of a GTE high in catechins led to a reduction in body fat, systolic blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol, suggesting that the ingestion of such an extract contributes to a decrease in obesity and cardiovascular disease risks.”

For some excellent info on green tea and obesity, see greentealibrary.com, a website by registered dietitian, Nadine Taylor.

Has Antiviral and antibacterial effects.

Still preliminary, but interesting studies on a variety of bugs including influenza, hpv, MRSA, and HIV.

Last, and certainly least:
Kills the germs that cause bad breath (without tasting all mediciny!)

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago stated that polyphenols help inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.[32]
(Although it is no small deal if you have to sit next to someone with bad breath on a transatlantic plane ride!)


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