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Green tea

Hello. I just discovered your site and I'm really enjoying it. In your very helpful podcast about anti-aging products, you mentioned that green tea in less expensive products is not likely to be effective. 

I'm wondering if that would apply to Garden of Wisdom Natural Majik Green Tea HydraGel, which is $18.60/oz and contains the following ingredients: Green Tea Infusion, Liposome Base (Soy Based), Green Tea Hydrosol, Oat Beta Glucans, Caffeine, Cosmocil CQ, Cellulose Gum And Geogard. Is this really just a hydrator without any antioxidant benefits?

The alternative I'm considering is Replenix CF Serum, which is $73.20/oz and contains:  Purified Water, Caffeine UPS, 90% Polyphenol Isolate Of Camellia Sinenis Leaf,Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Methyparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tetra-sodium EDTA.

Is it worth it to buy the more expensive product in this case if I want antioxidant benefits? Thank you.


  • I doubt those products based on green tea are worth the high price. The active component in green tea is unstable and it’s not easy to get the ingredient to where it needs to be work. Also, there are no clear studies proving that it does what it’s capable of. In addition, there is little standardization to document the type and concentration of antioxidants present in the extract, not to mention in any finished products.
  • Ok thanks. Is there any potential harm to using them? For example, I know oxidized vitamin C can have negative effects rather than positive or neutral. Is that the case here? Or is it matter of it's just not going to offer any antioxidant benefits?
  • No harm that I'm aware of. (Except to your bank account.)
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