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    Best time to take GREEN TEA EXTRACT?

    what time of day is it best to take green tea capsules? and with food? or empty stomach?

    i have 450mg caps
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    Originally Posted by Elite2010 View Post
    what time of day is it best to take green tea capsules? and with food? or empty stomach?

    i have 450mg caps
    i take mine first thing in the morning as thats when i need energy most. There's not a whole lot of caffeine in green tea though, so i also need a cup of coffee to get going. I have a very high tolerance to caffeine though, i am an addict lol. Not sure about the empty vs. full question. I guess the timing really depends on what your overall goals in taking the product are. I take it for overall general health, so i'm not very concerned about the timing of when i take it. But like i said above, usually take it in the AM for the added energy benefit
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    If there's no caffeine in them it really doesn't matter. If you take it prewo it might help you burn a little more fat and it's also a minor lipase inhibitor so maybe taking it before large meals might lower it's caloric impact. But the latter I think is just over analyzing.
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    Originally Posted by Elite2010 View Post
    what time of day is it best to take green tea capsules? and with food? or empty stomach?

    i have 450mg caps
    Generally it's better used with a relatively empty stomach / before a meal since it yields more favorable pharmacokinetic results - i.e. it's getting absorbed better. There are some foods to potentially enhance absorption but that's another matter.
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    Originally Posted by JC32 View Post
    I take 1 500mg LiveLong Green Tea-50 cap 2x/day, one before breakfast and one before dinner... that's what works for me.
    Julie, why are you using so many products?

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    Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Mar;89(3):822-30. Epub 2009 Jan 28.
    Green tea catechin plus caffeine supplementation to a high-protein diet has no additional effect on body weight maintenance after weight loss.

    Hursel R, Westerterp-Plantenga MS.

    Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. rick.hursel@hb.unimaas.nl

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    * Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jul;90(1):248.

    BACKGROUND: Green tea (epigallocatechin gallate + caffeine) and protein each were shown to improve body weight maintenance after weight loss. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of a green tea-caffeine mixture added to a high-protein (HP) diet on weight maintenance (WM) after body weight loss in moderately obese subjects. DESIGN: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind parallel trial was conducted in 80 overweight and moderately obese subjects [age (mean +/- SD): 44 +/- 2 y; body mass index (BMI; in kg/m(2)): 29.6 +/- 2.0] matched for sex, age, BMI, height, body mass, and with a habitually low caffeine intake. A very-low-energy diet intervention during 4 wk was followed by 3 mo of WM; during the WM period, the subjects received a green tea-caffeine mixture (270 mg epigallocatechin gallate + 150 mg caffeine/d) or placebo, both in addition to an adequate protein (AP) diet (50-60 g protein/d) or an HP diet (100-120 g protein/d). RESULTS: Subjects lost 7.0 +/- 1.6 kg, or 8.2 +/- 2.0%, body weight (P < 0.001). During the WM phase, WM, resting energy expenditure, and fat-free mass (FFM) increased relatively in both the HP groups and in the AP + green tea-caffeine mixture group (P < 0.05), whereas respiratory quotient and body fat mass decreased, all compared with the AP + placebo group. Satiety increased only in both HP groups (P < 0.05). The green tea-caffeine mixture was only effective with the AP diet. CONCLUSION: The green tea-caffeine mixture, as well as the HP diet, improved WM independently through thermogenesis, fat oxidation, sparing FFM, and, for the HP diet, satiety; a possible synergistic effect failed to appear.

    PMID: 19176733 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
    Basically if you eat high amounts of protein they will neutralize the benefits of green tea.

    Solution: take your green tea first thing in the morning 30 min to 1 hour before breakfast
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