How Green Tea Extract is Used in Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel
Green tea extract, renowned for its antioxidant properties, is one of the many powerful ingredients in Mountain Ice's new Muscle Therapy Gel. But how does it work to propel your body to peak athletic performance? Read on to find out!
Why Green Tea?
Multiple types of tea are made from the Camellia sinensis plant, with differences among these types being found in the harvesting times and preparation. Unlike black tea, green tea leaves are not fermented, but instead dried in the sun and steamed. This prevents the loss of some of the healthiest compounds found in the tea.
So what are these compounds? Green tea has numerous catechins, polyphenol compounds with strong antioxidant properties, the most common of which is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Found in high quantities in green tea, EGCG has been linked to reduced inflammation, protection against cellular damage caused by free radicals, and possible immune-boosting effects. It also may support heart health and has been connected to reducing cholesterol, blood pressure, and accumulation of plaque in blood vessels. EGCG is being studied for its possible role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as certain types of cancer.
Green Tea and Athletic Performance
The effect of green tea extract on athletic performance is still being investigated, but its natural compounds have relevant properties for athletic performance.
Reduced Oxidative Stress: Oxidative stress, the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, can cause cellular damage resulting in inflammation, sometimes even as a chronic condition. EGCG increases antioxidants which helps to balance out free radicals and reduce this damage.
Reduced Inflammation and Muscle Soreness: These antioxidants help to reduce inflammation, which can help improve recovery from physical exertion, as well as reduce soreness afterwards.
Improved Skin Health: Green tea extract applied topically can help reduce damage to skin cells from sources like sun exposure, a definite boon to athletes who perform outdoor sports!
Increased Fat Oxidation: EGCG is connected to an increase in fat oxidation, the breakdown of fatty acids, during exercise. Fatty acids are converted into energy, so increased fat oxidation may provide an energy boost.
Weight Loss: Increased fat oxidation also has positive effects on weight loss, which can help you achieve and maintain your target body weight.