Green Tea Flavanols in the PAGG Stack
One of the G’s in the PAGG Stack stands for Green Tea Flavanols (occasionally misspelled green tea flavenols) – but that needs a little clarification, because there’s one main flavanol that we’re interested in, with tested and significant body recomposition benefits – that’s Epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG.
ECGC is a catechin, which is a specific kind of antioxidant, and has been extensively studied in connection with various health benefits - including aging and cancer retardation, not least as green tea drinking is extensively associated with cultures renowned for high life expectancies. ECGC is only present in green tea, because once tea is fermented and oxidized to make the more commonly consumed black tea this reactive element is largely neutralized.
For body recomposition, there are two main benefits that account for ECGC’s inclusion in the PAGG stack. The first of these is the way it acts on the carbohydrates you eat, to inhibit their storage as additional body fat – instead it diverts them to the muscle cells preferentially instead, making the food you eat work harder for you, and avoiding the creation of fat to burn in the first place.
A second incidental finding from the ECGC research is that it appears to accelerate apoptosis, that is programmed cell death, in mature fat cells. Tim Ferriss refers to this finding as ‘super cool and important’ in the Four Hour Body, because the yo-yo cycle of weight loss and regain is associated with a fixed number of fat cells – dieting might reduce the size of the fat cells but the number doesn’t change, which makes that awful rebounding far more of an inevitability. Short of lipo-surgery, there are very few ways to actually get rid of fat cells – ECGC is a safer and more effective way of actually decreasing body fat potential for the future, as well as at the present time.
Because the ECGC in Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG Stack Supplement is sourced from natural green tea flavanols (in line with the original Four Hour Body research), a number of customers were concerned when Tim Ferriss updated his original recommendations, suggesting that some people might suffer from insomnia if taking the PAGG at bed time. Green Tea itself is indeed associated with high levels of caffeine, and to get your recommended minimum effective dose of 900mg of ECGC you’d have to guzzle cup after cup of the stuff, so some early home-brewing PAGG pioneers might well have had problems here
Despite the fact that our products have only ever used a high-quality decaffeinated extract, which most users report has an overall calming effect, the funny thing about poor sleep is that worrying about it inevitably raises the risk of it happening! So, when we went back to the lab to redesign PAGG 2.0, we decided to concentrate the effective daily dose of ECGC into the 3 pre-meal capsules instead. This enables the most effective action of ECGC directly on the food you eat, to prevent its storage in the fat cells – and removes any possibility of PAGG affecting your good night’s sleep.
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