Effect of short-term epigallocatechin-3-gallate supplementation on the thermic effect of feeding and resting metabolic rate
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The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) both provides tonic support of resting metabolic rate (RMR) and mediates approximately one-third of the thermic effect of feeding (TEF), the latter accounting for ~10% of daily energy expenditure. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most abundant and bioactive catechin in green tea, inhibits the catecholamine-degrading action of the enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase, thereby prolonging SNS activation. Accordingly, we hypothesized that short-term EGCG supplementation would augment RMR and TEF in healthy adult humans. METHODS: Sixteen subjects reported to ...