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Very impressed with Antioxidant in terms of bang-for-the-buck

Posted by iHerb Customer on October 2 2011 | Verified Purchase

NATURAL antioxidants vary quite wildly in their pricing. Pycnogenol and Enzogenol are at the high end, with red wine extract and green tea being at the lower end, with natural vitamin E and C (e.g. Madre C) somewhere nearby, and grape seed somewhere in the middle, along with the good quality carotenoids. If youre a wholefoods, superfoods etc. kind of person, as I am, youll understand the importance of consuming only NATURAL forms of antioxidant substances (no 1000mg lab-synthesized ascorbic acid pills for me, thankyou very much). You may also come to appreciate how natural antioxidant food substances taste in their fresh state, a perfect example of which is the white pith from citrus fruits and (especially) the white pith from pomegranate fruit. The latter is particularly astringent and bitter - many people do not understand that this is a clue to the level of tannins and/or flavonoids etc. in a substance. These compounds are generated by a plant to protect the contents of whatever lies within the skin, and they also serve a similar protective purpose when eaten by humans. I make a point of consuming the piths and skins of fruits and vegetables, where appropriate, rather than ignorantly consuming only the sweet flesh. If you open an expensive, high-end, pycnogenol capsule and taste the contents, youll see just how tart, astringent and bitter they are. Grapeseed is similar, though not to quite the same extent (you need to consume more grapeseed than you do pycnogenol, to get a similar level of effectiveness). Amla powder is another good example of a tannin-rich, astringent natural substance (though amla is very economical, and is rather acidic). I was very pleasantly surprised, when I opened these NOW Green Tea Extract capsules - they have an excellent kick of bitter astringency which bodes extremely well for their efficacy as an antioxidant. In terms of bang-per-buck, I HIGHLY recommend these NOW Green Tea Extract capsules. Theyre incredible value for their level of potency. On the same basis, I also recommend Indian Amla powder (also known as Hog Plum. Its rich in tannins and very closely related to vitamin C). You can get this as part of Madre Labs premium Madre C (a very nice, if a little pricey, product - MLI-00205), or you can get it on it's own at asian food markets. Also excellent bang-for-the-buck is NOWs 250mg Grape Seed Mega Potency. Do be sure to get the right one (NOW-03274), as NOW vary their formulation with similar grape seed products; some including synthetic ascorbic acid. In my view, any of the above offer greater potency than Doctors Bests popular French Red Wine Extract, which is a nice product at a reasonable price but lacks the same amount of clout for a single capsule dose. To broaden your spectrum of protective substances, also consider Twinlab's good value Citrus Bioflavanoid Caps (TWL-00715), and Doctors Bests excellent value astaxanthin product (DRB-00261). Remember that, with the exception of the astaxanthin, all the above substances are -water-soluble- antioxidants. Astaxanthin is BOTH lipid-soluble and water-soluble. Vitamin E and Ubiquinol are lipid-soluble, only. Thus, they all compliment each other, in getting to differing parts of cells and tissues, and in molecularly 'recycling' one another within the body. One does not need to consume ALL the water-soluble and ALL the lipid-soluble antioxidants each day - the point is to vary them each day, so as to get a broader spectrum of protection, and of course ones diet should be the primary source of protective compounds (check out the nutrients in kale, for example). I do also use Healthy Origins Pycnogenol 100mg (HOG-41372), and its excellent, but if youre on a budget, then a combination of NOWs Green Tea Extract and their Mega Potency Grape Seed 250mg would cover your needs, ideally complimented by a dual-soluble or lipid-soluble antioxidant. Its worthwhile learning how various antioxidants recycle each other within the body, because this helps one maximise the effectiveness of the antioxidants they purchase and consume. For example, vitamin E is recycled by carotenoids, and carotenoids are recycled by vitamin C - when C then becomes exhausted, it is excreted via the kidneys. This also explains why C needs replenishing more frequently than other antioxidants.

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Clears Up Adult Acne

Posted by iHerb Customer on May 22 2009 | Verified Purchase

I could tell that this EGCg helped me stay trimmer. I expected that. But I am surprised and happy to report that it is the best thing I've ever done for my oily, blemish-prone skin. When I stop taking this, the facial irritation comes back and pores get clogged.

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excellent product!

Posted by iHerb Customer on July 30 2008 | Verified Purchase

I have been taking green tea for about a month and a half now and i have already noticed that i have lost wieght. This has also supressed my appetite as well. I take three pills a day, two in the morning and one in the evening. I will forever be taking egcg!!! It is absolutely amazing!

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EGCg Green Tea Extract by Now Foods

Posted by iHerb Customer on July 3 2009 | Verified Purchase

I can honestly say these have given me more energy, draw back if you do not take with food they may make your stomach upset. I have lost 2 pounds in 2 weeks with no changes in diet etc. Will continue to use.

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best price

Posted by iHerb Customer on April 8 2009 | Verified Purchase

Lots of green tea phytochemicals. The amount of caffeine is negligible and did not produce any effects in me (usually sensitive to caffeine)

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Very good product

Posted by iHerb Customer on March 2 2008 | Verified Purchase

Seems to increase metabolism and decrease late night carb cravings. My wife has a constipation problem, and she says these help keep her regular too (instead of drinking Chinese dieters tea).

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very good for losing weight

Posted by iHerb Customer on December 6 2007 | Verified Purchase

i have lost up to two kilo in weight egc is certianly needed for weight loss iwill order more soon thank you hanny australia

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Amazing Product!

Posted by iHerb Customer on January 22 2010 | Verified Purchase

I was looking to lose about 12 pounds (at 5'8.5 go from 140 to 128) and have been stalled at this weight for what seems like FOREVER. I started with two tablets a day about a week and a half ago and I can tell I have more energy and that I don't need to eat as much to be full. This product also seems to be helpful with water weight gain and bloating and I never feel dizzy or nauseous like I have on other appetite suppressants. I've been skipping my morning cup of coffee for these pills and have been fine, but I don't know how you would be with coffee and 2 in the AM. After about 12 days with EGCG in the morning, lots of water consumption and slight change in eating habits (I already worked out 5x/week) I have lost 4 lbs! So excited to step on the scale and see 136 this morning. I know these will help me reach my goals and stay there.

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Green Tea Extract

Posted by iHerb Customer on March 9 2011 | Verified Purchase

Amazing product! I take one a day, with my breakfast. I feel like it has made me eaten less, and change my appetite. I also have been noticing that I'm losing some weight. I read about how Green tea, and it's extract really help out the skin, and immunity. It has also helped my skin with me having little no to acne, and less oily facial skin. It's worth giving a try. Even planning to buy a bottle with more caps in it. :)

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Weight Loss

Posted by iHerb Customer on May 20 2010 | Verified Purchase

Bought for my mom. She's losing weight like crazy. No side effects and added benefit of eye health and anti cancer properties make this a winner.

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