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Life Extension Decaffeinated Mega Green Tea Extract Product Review

There are countless studies that link green tea (in its natural form) with two major health benefits:

  • Weight loss
  • Protection from harmful free radicals

But there’s a catch…

You have to consume on average between six and seven cups of green tea every day in order to get its full benefits.

That can become both hard to manage and expensive.  The alternative?

Green tea extract.

Green tea extract was created to give consumers all of the benefits of green tea without the need to consume so much throughout the day.

With most commercial green tea extracts, one serving is the equivalent of consuming approximately two-to-three cups of green tea.

So the question is … what makes green tea extracts different (or better) than their counterparts? (Besides the fact that they’re made by different companies.)

The answer lies with polyphenols.

Today, we’ll continue our investigation into the best green tea extracts money can buy by taking an unbiased look at Life Extension’s Decaffeinated Mega Green Tea Extract.

What Is Life Extension Decaffeinated Mega Green Tea Extract?

The main attraction of green tea extract is the polyphenols (catechins and flavonoids) that are found in it.

Typically, one cup of green tea contains approximately 100 mg of polyphenols.  This presents two problems:

  • That’s not enough to “reap the rewards” from its benefits.
  • It’s not as easily absorbed in liquid form.

Life Extension’s Green Tea Extract was created on the premise of helping solve those two issues.

It comes in a powdered capsule form for better absorption of the polyphenols and contains approximately 700 mg of polyphenols in just one serving (the equivalent of seven cups of green tea).

Additionally, it contains a 45% total of EGCG (326.5 mg) – a powerful catechin that boasts an antioxidant activity level that’s 25-100 times higher than that of vitamins C and E.

Main Active Ingredients in Life Extension Decaffeinated Mega Green Tea Extract

The standard of quality in green tea extracts is their total percentages of both polyphenols and EGCG.  The higher the percentage, the more potent (powerful) the supplement tends to be.

Life Extension’s Mega Green Tea Extract well exceeds the percentages most often recommended for each:

Polyphenols.  Life Extension’s green tea extract contains 98% total polyphenols.  It’s these polyphenols that help maintain healthy cell proliferation, enhance immune function, and help maintain a healthy blood cholesterol.

Life Extension has more than enough polyphenols to work its magic.  As a matter of fact, for some consumers it’s a little too potent. (More on this in a minute.)

EGCG.  EGCG has quickly become the “golden child” of green tea extracts.  It’s the most important polyphenol found in green tea.

Research has linked EGCG with either preventing or helping the symptoms of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

However, it’s absorption levels are minute in natural form as compared to powder form.  With 45% total EGCG in Life Extension’s Mega Green Tea Extract, it’s absorption levels are much higher (approximately 60-90% higher).

What We Don’t Like About Life Extension Decaffeinated Mega Green Tea Extract.

  • Reported nausea in some consumers. There have been multiple reported complaints from consumers about having stomach issues as a result of taking this dietary supplement.  Nausea, cramps, and upset stomach are the most common symptoms.  However, to be fair, all of the green tea extracts we've researched up to this point have had reports of similar symptoms.

  • Higher price tag.  Life Extension is a very reputable company.  As such, they tend to have higher prices than their competitors.  For some, the effects of the supplement do not justify the price increase (which in comparison to other green tea extracts can be approximately 25-30% higher).

What We Love About Life Extension Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract.

  • Repeated weight loss success stories.  While we feel these pills should always be seen more as overall health dietary supplements versus strictly weight loss pills, we can’t argue with results.  And several consumers have posted detailed weight loss benefits from taking Life Extension’s green tea extract.

  • Low doses of caffeine. One serving of Life Extension’s Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract contains only 3.6% of the total amount of caffeine found in a single cup of coffee.  This translates into little (if any) stimulation from taking the supplement – even if you’re more sensitive to caffeine.

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