Influence of short-term consumption of the caffeine-free, epigallocatechin-3-gallate supplement, Teavigo, on resting metabolism and the thermic effect of feeding

Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Feb;19(2):298-304. doi: 10.1038/oby.2010.181. Epub 2010 Aug 19.


Green tea is purported to promote weight loss. Resting metabolic rate (RMR) and the thermic effect of feeding (TEF) are significant components of total daily energy expenditure and are partially determined by the sympathetic nervous system via catecholamine-mediated stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG: the most bioactive catechin in green tea) inhibits catechol-O-methyltransferase, an enzyme contributing to the degradation of catecholamines. Accordingly, we hypothesized that short-term consumption of a commercially available EGCG supplement (Teavigo) augments RMR and TEF. On two separate occasions, seven placebo or seven EGCG capsules (135 mg/capsule) were administered to 16 adults (9 males, 7 females, age 25 ± 2 years, BMI 24.6 ± 1.2 kg/m(2) (mean ± s.e.)). Capsules (three/day) were consumed over 48 h; the final capsule was consumed 2 h prior to visiting the laboratory. Energy expenditure (ventilated hood technique) was determined at rest and for 5 h following ingestion of a liquid meal (caloric content: 40% RMR). Contrary to our hypothesis, RMR was not greater (P = 0.10) following consumption of EGCG (6,740 ± 373 kJ/day) compared with placebo (6,971 ± 352). Similarly, the area under the TEF response curve (Δ energy expenditure) was also unaffected by EGCG (246,808 ± 23,748 vs. 243,270 ± 22,177 kJ; P = 0.88). EGCG had no effect on respiratory exchange ratio at rest (P = 0.29) or throughout the TEF measurement (P = 0.56). In summary, together RMR and TEF may account for up to 85% of total daily energy expenditure; we report that short-term consumption of a commercially available EGCG supplement did not increase RMR or TEF.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Area Under Curve
  • Basal Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Basal Metabolism / physiology
  • Beverages
  • Catechin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Catechin / pharmacology
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Energy Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Energy Metabolism / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Overweight / metabolism
  • Overweight / therapy
  • Tea / chemistry*
  • Thermogenesis / drug effects*
  • Thermogenesis / physiology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antioxidants
  • Tea
  • Catechin
  • epigallocatechin gallate