Green tea (Camellia sinesnsis) is an herb. The plant is native to China and other eastern countries. Green tea extract is a concentrated form of the plant derived from the leaves.
Green tea leaf extract is sold in both capsule and liquid form. These products are considered to be dietary supplements in the herbal category.
Green tea extract contains polyphenols, which are powerful flavonoids known for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, and continue to be studied as a component in cancer prevention.
Liquid green tea extract can be added to water or other beverages in the amount suggested by supplement’s manufacturer. Capsules are taken with water. Potency and concentration vary among brands.
Green tea is part of an herbal approach to medicine in China, Japan and other eastern countries. It has been enjoyed as a beverage in Asia for thousands of years.
Next to water, green tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.