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Initially Posted: 05/04/2018 | Last Updated: 09/29/2020
Green Tea Supplements, Drinks, and Brewable Teas Review

Green tea supplements, brewable teas, matcha, and bottled drinks compared in this review


Bigelow Green Tea - Decaffeinated


Celestial Seasonings Green Tea (K-Cup)


Davidson's Organics Gunpowder Green


GNC Herbal Plus Green Tea Complex


Green Foods Organic Matcha Green Tea


Harney & Sons Organic Green


HerbaSway HerbaGreen


Honest Tea Green Tea with Honey


Ito En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea


Jade Leaf Organic Japanese Matcha


Kirkland (Costco) Green Tea A Blend of Sencha/Matcha


Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha


Kroger Green Tea


Life Extension Mega Green Tea Extract


Lipton Green Tea


NOW EGCg Green Tea Extract


Numi Organic Tea Gunpowder Green


Organic Kenko Tea Matcha


Organic Matcha DNA


Pure Leaf Unsweetened Green Tea


Salada Green Tea Naturally Decaffeinated


Solgar Green Tea Leaf Extract


Spring Valley [Walmart] Green Tea


Superfoods by MRM Raw Matcha Green Tea Powder


Swanson Superior Herbs Green Tea Extract


Trader Joe's Specialty Teas Decaffeinated Green Tea


Twinings 100% Organic Pure Green


Vitacost Green Tea Extract


Whole Foods Market Green Tea


Zhou Green Tea Extract

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  • What is green tea? Green tea is made by lightly steaming freshly cut leaves of Camellia sinensis. It is higher in catechins (polyphenols) such as EGCG than black tea. It is sold in many forms such as tea bags, loose teas, matcha powders, bottled teas, and as supplements containing extracts with high concentrations of catechins. Green tea also contains caffeine — about half as much per cup as in coffee. (See What It Is).
  • Health benefits of green tea: Health benefits are generally associated with catechins in green tea, most notably EGCG. Benefits include a modest reduction in LDL cholesterol, reduced growth of uterine fibroids and associations with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. These benefits are generally associated with consumption of 3 or more cups per day. Studies with green tea supplements typically provide 200 mg to 300 mg per day. The evidence regarding weight loss and memory benefits is mixed and may relate to the caffeine in green tea. (See What It Does).
  • Best green tea drinks and supplements: Our tests (see What CL Found) found that amounts of EGCG in products vary widely: Supplements provided 46 mg to 500 mg per daily serving. Brewable teas (e.g., bags) provided 27 mg to 79 mg per cup. Matcha powders provided 73 mg to 119 mg per teaspoon (2 grams). Bottled green tea provided 20 mg to 59 mg per cup. (Click on each to see our Top Picks).
  • What did CL's tests of green tea products find? Four products failed our tests. One contained only 55% of its listed EGCG and three others contained significantly less caffeine than claimed on their labels. Although green tea leaves can accumulate toxic lead, none of the products were found to provide significant amounts of lead.
  • Green tea safety, side effects and drug interactions: Green tea can interfere with a range of drugs. Liver toxicity is a concern with high doses of EGCG from green tea supplements. Avoid excessive green tea when pregnant. Excessive tea consumption can make bones and teeth brittle. Don't drink very hot tea due to an association with gastric cancer. (See Concerns and Cautions).

You must be a ConsumerLab.com member to get the full green tea test results along with ConsumerLab's Top Picks and tips on how to choose and use green tea. You'll get results for 30 green tea products including supplements, brewable green teas, matcha powders, and bottled green tea beverages. Twenty-six of these were selected by ConsumerLab.com and four others passed the same testing in CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program. In the review, you'll learn:
  • ConsumerLab's Top Picks for green tea supplements, brewable teas, matcha powders and bottled green teas based on quality, value, and even taste
  • Which products passed or failed our tests and why
  • How much EGCG, total catechins, and caffeine is in each product
  • Why contamination with lead, cadmium and arsenic is a concern, and what our tests showed
  • Price comparisons showing how to get a green tea product with EGCG at the lowest cost
  • Clinical information about the efficacy of green tea and dosage
  • Cautions and potential side effects for green tea -- including drug interactions, concerns with plastic tea bags, a warning for women who are pregnant or nursing, liver toxicity, and effects on bones and teeth 

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