Is the ‘ECGC’ in your energy drink really helping you?
Read the label on any energy drink or shot, and you’ll likely find some combination of caffeine, green tea extract, high-dose vitamins and herbs. Is green tea extract — promoted as a natural energy booster in your drink — a good way to fight fatigue? “The short answer is no. There are better ways to boost your energy,” says integrative medicine specialist Irina Todorov, MD. Made from dried green tea leaves, green tea extract contains caffeine as well as plant compounds called catechins, including epigallocatechins-3-gallate (EGCG). While catechins have strong antioxidant potential, you don’t know how many milligrams you’re consuming because food and drink manufacturers don’t have to list the amounts of green tea extract or EGCG on labels, she says.
What about green tea extract’s other benefits?