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EGCG: Pro's & Cons

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#1 manofsan

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 02:24 AM


So I've read that EGCG is a Myostatin blocker, and that it can also help with Neurogenesis. I've seen many ads which also mention weight loss or fat-burning. So those are pro's. Any others? What's real and what's hype?

 

But I've also read that EGCG can cause liver toxicity and damage. So those are cons. Any others? What's real and what's hype?

 

Has anyone here ever used EGCG and can comment on what they've experienced regarding benefits and problems?

 

Also, if it does pose a risk to the liver, then is there any other substance that can be taken to offset that?


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#2 Dorian Grey

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:05 AM

My humble opinion is EGCG is one of those neutraceuticals that works best when taken in low doses, much like you'd get in a cup or two of green tea.  

 

All but one of the EGCG supplements I've seen contain doses far larger than I would ever want to take.  A pill cutter may come in handy.  

 

I've found it is indeed an excellent appetite suppressant.  I used to take a low dose EGCG supp combined with caffeine to help me overcome my post lunch slump at work.  While it worked great for this, I found when it came time for dinner (around 5 hours later), I really didn't feel like eating.  It took me a while to make the connection, as I wasn't taking it for appetite suppression.  

 

Bottom line...  More isn't always better!  I still drink fresh brewed green tea (the bottled stuff is supposed to be no good), but steer clear of the mega-dose supplements. 


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#3 pamojja

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 10:58 AM

 

Has anyone here ever used EGCG and can comment on what they've experienced regarding benefits and problems?

 

Guess everyone will answer differently. Took green tea extract at about 250 mg/d for the last 10 years, and didn't mentioned any problems, but experienced remission from debilitating PAD symptoms during this time. Even a NAFDL shrunk again.

 

Therefore always good to look at studies for potential benefits or risks, or articles which are referenced, like:

 

https://examine.com/...-tea-catechins/

https://selfhacked.com/blog/green-tea/


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#4 Forever21

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:44 PM

You are right on toxicity. Underdose. There's no need to take 350mg twice a day. I take 250mg once and I don't mind not taking it everyday.


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