Like with the beverage, you can find both high and low quality green tea tablets!
It all depends on whether these tablets contain a substantial amount of green tea extract and are made of other natural compounds instead of chemical substances only, such as dextrose (sugars), stearic acid (fatty acid), blue 1 or caramel color (artificial colors). Green tea tablets are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so you’ll have to differentiate the good from the bad yourself.
Most brands advertise with either 90% polyphenols or 60% green tea extract but be aware that the most effective antioxidants responsible for the green tea health benefits are catechins, a group of polyphenols.
From this group it’s most important to get the epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, the most researched of them all…..and apparently also the KING of the green tea antioxidants due to its health benefits!
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There are many other sorts of polyphenols that do not have the same beneficial effects. Tannins, for example, are also polyphenols (phenolic acids to be exact) but are responsible only for the astringent taste of tea.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re not bad for your health but they also don’t provide the health effects you want to accomplish through taking these tablets.
Also, if you want to take a tablet with the goal to lose weight, you have to make sure you buy the right Chinese diet tea ; they often contain laxative herbs, such as senna, which only make things worse……it can lead to losing no weight at all, losing weight from dehydration or losing muscle weight only.
Now, we don’t want either one of these options, do we?
If you prefer taking a tablet instead of brewing green tea, please do so but