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The health benefits of green tea extract are mostly due to its high antioxidant content.
Antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress by fighting cell damage caused by free radicals. This cell damage is associated with aging and several diseases.
Polyphenol antioxidants called catechins comprise the majority of green tea extract’s antioxidant content. Among the catechins in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most researched and thought to provide the most health benefits.
Studies have shown that green tea extract increases the antioxidant capacity of the body and protects against oxidative stress.
For example, one study had 35 obese people take 870 mg of green tea extract for eight weeks. Their blood antioxidant capacity increased from 1.2 to 2.5 μmol/L, on average.
Green tea extract boosts antioxidant capacity, which may help prevent various health problems caused by oxidative stress.