Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Update on EGCG Brand & Dosage

Richard on the DSTNI list just pointed out a dosage mistake in my post, due to VitaCost's GreenSelect misinformation on their dosage.  I updated the original post about EGCG to reflect the following dosage information.

Indena's GreenSelect Green Tea Extract Phytosome is used in VitaCost GreenSelect. Another example is Swanson's Ultra GreenSelect Green Tea Phytosome.

We will be using the Swanson's Ultra GreenSelect Green Tea Phytosome, as is mentioned above. The cost is $14.99 for 60 capsules. Each capsule contains the following:

GreenSelect® Phytosome™
(green tea extract Camellia sinensis leaves/ Glycine max soybeans) -600 mg
Standardized to:    
19-25% polyphenols - 114-150 mg  
13% epigallocatechin 3-0 gallate (EGCG) - 78 mg
The dosage can be a little tricky with the GreenSelect Green Tea. VitaCost's GreenSelect Extract which is mentioned above contains the following per 1 capsule:
“Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis leaves/Glycine max soybeans) [standardized to 60% polyphenols 180mg, 40% epigallocatechin 3-0 gallate (EGCG) 120 mg]”
Originally we were going to use the VitaCost brand. But, Richard on the DSTNI list pointed out that VitaCost doesn't calculate the dosage accurately. Yes, it can be a little confusing. But, they miss the dosage part of the fatty acids in the mix. So, the dosage above for Swanson's GreenSelect is accurate and not as confusing. The VitaCost dosage is not accurate.

For a child that is O’s weight – 50 lbs – that would calculate out to 180mg/day of EGCG. With the Swanson GreenSelect EGCG, that would mean approximately 2 & 1/2 capsules. With the VitaCost brand, the dosage is almost doubled.

Hope this helps clear any confusion there might be!

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