Before we start to discuss about decaffeinated green tea, we should know what this caffeine is all about.
Can we allow a small insect to bite us? No. We will defend by using our hand or leg. Can a plant allow any insect to bite? No. Though nature has not provided hand or leg to the plant, an inbuilt substance called alkaloid is provided to it. Caffeine is an alkaloid given to the plant camellia sinensis to protect itself from pests.
There are many herbs and flowers used as tea. But the green leaf from the plant camellia sinensis is considered as green tea and nothing else. Why this is very popular in spite of the fact that it has caffeine? This is because of the sheer quantum of antioxidant packed into this tea.
What is good about decaffeinated green tea? Obviously there is only one answer. The side effects of caffeine like rashes, stomach upset etc., can be avoided. There is nothing more than this.
But do not think that the taste is better than ordinary green tea. The smell is awful.
The bad news is more.
As I said, this is an alkaloid. It protected the plant like armors. Unless the armors are strong, the subjects cannot be saved. In the same way, the caffeine is embedded strong in the plant to safeguard the subjects. The important subjects are the catechin and epigallocatechin gallete (EGCG) amongst another 200 substances the tea has. Catechin and EGCG are bioflavonoid and fantastic antioxidants. When we kill one armor six subjects are also killed. This is the equation of removing caffeine and making decaffeinated green tea.
Now you understand that the decaffeinated form does not give you the required amount of antioxidants.
Nothing comes free. To remove the caffeine, you need some chemical substance. Obviously, chemical traces are bound to occur. Simply they will occupy the space created by caffeine. Honestly I do not believe that anyone can offer 100% caffeine trace free decaffeinated green tea unless they use high technology to split this substance through hydrolysis without adding any chemical substance or carbon-di-oxide. If someone tells you that using ethyl acetate to separate caffeine is a natural process because ethyl acetate is already found in tea, you should know that you are being fooled!
Taking normal green tea or green tea supplement having traces of caffeine is not at all harmful. In fact, the presence of caffeine is very important to keep the potency of EGCG to get the health benefit.
The best option is to avoid decaffeinated green tea and still get the benefits of EGCG. How is that possible? Yes, it is possible.
Buy Total Balance. This is a fantastic natural nutrition supplement that has 70 natural herbs and salts including catechin, EGCG from camellia sinensis. For a day if you have to take 300 mg of EGCG from green tea supplement, you need to take just 40 mg of EGCG per day along with other nutrition in Total Balance. Not only you get synergy out of multi-nutrition benefits, you will also avoid to a great extent the doubt that is cast on caffeine.
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