Is Green Tea Effective Without Caffeine?

  • manpit209

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    Feb 12, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    I know that green tea is good for you but caffeine, on the other hand, is not the greatest. I have great fear of caffeine dependency and I have experienced what I think is very mild caffeine withdrawal a few times in my life. It's not fun. I stay away from caffeine as much as possible. Are there formulations of green tea without caffeine in it and is it just as effective? If I can find green tea extract without the caffeine, that'd be awesome. Thanks for any feedback!
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 12, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    I think they have decaffeinated green tea.
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    As an alternative to green tea, may I suggest that you try Rooibos red tea?

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    It is grown up in the higher hills of South Africa, and has a robust flavor with edges of walnut and oak to it (this can be mellowed a bit by steeping it weakly to a pale rust colour, or steeping it to a full red rust colour and adding a teaspoon of honey and some milk or cream).

    And no caffeine - an excellent after 8pm drink if you please. Rooibos is also lower in tannins, which may be linked to affecting how much dietary iron you absorb (rationale being that tannins bind to iron molecules and inhibit their absorption)

    I buy mine in 450g (1 pound) lots for about $16 USD incl. s/h from http://www.enjoyingtea.com/rooibos-tea.html .

    That site offers other varieties of Rooibos, including an unfermented "green" variety which has an even greater amount of flavonoids and anti-oxidants. But I find that to be a tad overpoweringly grassy in taste, lacking the subtleties of a good Fujian gunpowder green tea, or the crisp aftertaste of a Shizuoka sencha.

    There are other varieties of Rooibos as well - the site I linked sells an Earl Grey infusion that I thoroughly enjoy as a replacement for ordinary black tea Earl Grey.

    Gonna try the Masala Chai on my next order ;)
  • Citrushills

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    Feb 13, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    The best Decafinated Green Tea you can get comes in a capsule and is made by Life Extension. You get far more of the tea in the capsule than you could ever drink.
  • manpit209

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    Feb 13, 2011 8:32 AM GMT
    I'm trying to go for the antioxidants and the metabolism boosting effects of green tea without the caffeine. Would the other options already posted by you guys work for that? Thanks!
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:12 AM GMT
    whether it has caffeine or not, green is a good metabolism enhancer, especially if taken on empty stomach in the morning........try it, i have had good results with it.... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    manpit209 saidI have great fear of caffeine dependency ...
    I have great fear of caffeine deficiency. icon_lol.gif
  • darryaz

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    Feb 13, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    manpit209 saidI have great fear of caffeine dependency ...
    I have great fear of caffeine deficiency. icon_lol.gif

    +1
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    Feb 13, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    I read somewhere a while ago (how true I dont know) that 1 8oz cup of green tea burns 120 calories with the metabollic enhancing properties - I do not know how that was determined but I wouldnt be suprised if the study was funded by Lipton icon_razz.gif