Does Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster Really Work?

Submitted via the FutureDerm.com Facebook page:

Hi FutureDerm. Could you please review the Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster? It claims to have the antioxidant power of 15 cups of green tea in every serving, and have an effect on the skin. Is that possible, and is it worth consuming regardless of skin benefit? Also, weird question, but would it make a good topical skin treatment?! – A.M.

Dear A.M.,

Truth be told, drinking a lot of tea has been proven to have amazing effects for your skin and overall health.  In Japan, researchers followed men and women who drank (wait for it) ten cups of green tea per day.  As a control group, they also followed men and women who consumed less than three cups per day.  At the end of the study, not only did those in the tea-consuming group have less skin cancer, but amongst those who did get skin cancer, the diagnosis was delayed by 7.3 years in women and 3.0 years in men (Preventive Medicine, 2002).

English: Orange juice. Italiano: Succo d'aranc...

One tasty option: Mix one dropper of Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster with your favorite juice in the morning. A sunscreen boost (yes, really), plus protective antioxidants to sip all day long. Fantastic!

But if you’re anything like me, tea is to be enjoyed in moderation, along with more “fun” beverages, like coffee, water, Vitamin Water, and yes, even Diet Coke.  So I guess that’s why Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster ($39.99 retail; $26.10, Amazon.com) has become so popular.  Just one dropper added to 8 oz. of water gives you the equivalent of 15 cups of green tea.  That’s a lot of brewing time saved!  Here’s our full analysis and review:

Green Tea EGCG Better than Green Tea Alone

English: catechins Français : EG, EGC, ECG, EGCG

The active component of green tea has been shown to be EGCG, which has photoprotective and anti-tumor activity.

Like many other potent antioxidants, green tea has been found to reduce levels of inflammation when consumed prior to UVB damage (Cancer Research, 1994).

The reason?  Though green tea has soothing properties as a whole, it is the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) that has been shown to have the most amazing results.  Studies show isolates of EGCG do everything from preventing oxidative stress (Carcinogenesis, 2001) to decreasing tumor formation (PNAS, 2002).  While most of these studies are conducted in mouse models, there are a few studies showing remarkable protective abilities from human consumption of green tea, including the aforementioned Preventive Medicine study.

Is It Safe?

A Mr. Yuk sticker

Don’t worry – I conclude from associated research that the amount of EGCG in Dr Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster is safe. If you are ultra-cautious, sip it throughout the day rather than gulping it down all at once, for a sustained dose all day long.

I’m a firm believer that anything can have toxicity if it is ingested in extremely high doses.  However, I conclude that one dose of Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster daily is safe for two reasons:

First, over 10 cups of green tea has been shown to be beneficial, not harmful, with little to no side effects (Preventive Medicine, 2002).  Though this dose is spread out over the course of a day, and Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster gives you all of the EGCG at once, there is currently no scientific data to suggest this may be a problem.

Secondly, unlike green tea, Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster contains no caffeine.  Though at least one study has confirmed that the caffeine resulting from drinking 15 cups of green tea per day – 135 mg – everyday for six months is safe (Experimental Biology and Medicine, 1999), that might still be a lot for someone who is not used to drinking caffeine daily.  (For instance, a 7 oz. coffee is only about 115 mg of caffeine, and that makes my mom a little jittery!)

How Does It Taste?

Crystal Light Pure Fitness

Crystal Light tastes better than Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster (Photo credit: GoodNCrazy)

Admittedly, Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster tasted a little bland.  Maybe I’m just used to artificial sweeteners, but it certainly wasn’t as flavorful as a Crystal Light drink mix or anything like that. Truth be told, I actually mixed my Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster with Crystal Light, which made it a lot better (obviously).  I’ve also read reports that Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster is great when mixed with juice, which sounds tasty as well.

Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster comes in 4 different flavors:

Can It Replace Green Tea in My Current Skin Care Regimen?

In a word, no.  Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster (or any oral supplement) is best when used with topical antioxidants as well.  At least one study has shown that oral supplementation is better than topical application, but using both has been shown to have the greatest effects (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2007).

Should Not Be Applied to the Face

English: A Facial mask. Português: Uma Máscara...

Beauty products meant for topical application often have targeted delivery systems. Dr. Brandt Skin Care often does, but not Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster.

Though I think it’s cute and noble-sounding whenever people say, “I won’t use any ingredients that I wouldn’t eat,” it’s also not maximizing the potential you can get from your beauty products.  For instance, sunscreen is the #1 anti-aging product with many proven benefits, but I wouldn’t want for you to eat zinc oxide, titanium oxide, avobenzone, or any of the other ingredients on the market today.

That said, Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster doesn’t have a proper delivery system for topical application.  Ingredients like propylene glycol, butylene glycol, and several alcohols – as well as more advanced systems like liposomes or nanoparticles – can help facilitate the absorption of key ingredients into the skin.  What’s more, Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster has lemon extract, which is a great source of vitamin C when ingested, but which can be photosensitizing when topically applied.  So drink Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster and apply something else to your skin!

Bottom Line

I’m a huge fan of Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster.  While the flavor isn’t anything to write home about, the fact that you can get the benefits of 15 cups of green tea in your morning juice is pretty amazing!  For best results, sip it throughout the day.

Hope this helps,
Nicki

Ingredients in Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster Blueberry:

Green Tea Extract (leaves) (minimum 90% polyphenols, 50% EGCG); White tea extract (leaves) (minimum 80% polyphenols, 40% EGCG); Lo han extract (fruit); Lotus extract (leaf); Grape seed extract (min. 95% polyphenols) Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Lemon Flavor

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8 thoughts on “Does Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster Really Work?

  1. Ann says:

    The water looks interesting. However, on the label it says that each does contains only 75 mg of EgCg. As far as I know, the average glass of green tea contains 20-35mg EgCg. So, how does 75mg equal 15 cups of green tea? Even the avg EgCg oral supps (for ex, Now Foods) contains 200mg of EgCg.

  2. B Burns says:

    I love this post, I ordered some in the SpaceNK sale. I really like the subtle taste, and am glad that the benefits are as solid as you say they are :-) @Ann, i’m confused-is EgCg the only benefit of green tea, or are there other benefits: how could Dr Brandt get away with saying one dropper=15 cups?

  3. Ann says:

    Could one of the FutureDerm people please answer my question???

    Again: according to Dr. B’s label, it contains 75mg EgCg – which is equal to roughly THREE cups of green tea. So, how does this equivalent meet the claim of FIFTEEN cups of grn tea?

    An equiv of 15 c of grnT would come out to about 375mg of EgCg. The claims made in those post do not make any sense.

    Also, it concerns me that you’d put product info out there, but then not answer your own reader’s valid concerns. It makes the validity of info posted on this site questionable.

  4. Nicki says:

    @Ann – Thanks for your question. Sometimes it takes us a few days (or even a week) to get back to readers – we receive about 20-25 questions per day, through both our website and our Facebook page. I apologize for your wait.

    You are correct on your concerns about green tea EGCG:

    Average green tea = 25 mg EGCG per cup

    1 dropper of Dr. Brandt Water Booster = 75 mg EGCG (3 cups)
    2 droppers of Dr. Brandt Water Booster = 150 mg EGCG (6 cups)

    *****
    But please note the wording of the Dr. Brandt product.
    “1 dropper full = antioxidant power of 15 cups of green tea”
    NOT “1 dropper full = EGCG content of 15 cups of green tea”

    A major source of antioxidants in the Dr. Brandt product is EGCG, yes. But it also contains other sources of antioxidants, like grapeseed extract in the original formula or acai in the acai version, that must make up the difference.

    Antioxidant content can be measured in a number of ways. Clearly, one of the methods of measurement justifies this claim.

    Hope this helps, and sorry for your wait,
    Nicki

  5. Rola says:

    Hi, Nicki, thanks for clarifying on the equivalency on EGCG, it is very helpful! I started using the booster over the weekend, I enjoy it so far and I am hopeful to receive the benefits from the antioxidants. Some of the flavors are currently discounted on Dr. Brandt’s website, check it out!

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