Green Tea Extract in Fully Charged—Much More than a Caffeine Source
BY STEVE BORN
While working on the Fully Charged formula, I knew that it needed a little bit of a kick—something that would provide a quick-acting burst of mental and physical energy, and give the user the distinct feeling that “something’s happening here.” A little caffeine in the product would do the trick, but just adding “X” amount of synthetic caffeine wasn’t something I was interested in. “Too many products just dump lots of caffeine in their product,” I thought, “and that’s not what the Fully Charged formula is going to be about.”
That’s why green tea extract was selected. It fulfills the “need a pick-me-up” component via a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine (about 15 mg per serving), but, more importantly, green tea extract provides benefits far exceeding that. That’s because green tea contains polyphenols such as catechins—including an especially important one known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—which provide antioxidant and cardiovascular health support.
A recent study reported in the Journal of Biological Chemistry adds to the increasing amount of research showing just how beneficial green tea extract—primarily its EGCG component—can be. The conclusions of research from Lancaster University and the University of Leeds suggest that EGCG may greatly benefit arterial health. Atherosclerosis is defined as the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls; and, in their research, EGCG was found to help dissolve the plaque associated with heart attack and stroke due to specific binding and conversion properties.
Each serving of Fully Charged contains 100 mg of green tea extract, standardized to contain no less than 50% polyphenols. That means you get a precise amount of all of green tea’s beneficial compounds, including EGCG, in each and every serving.
REFERENCE: J Biol Chem. 2018 Aug 17;293(33):12877-12893.