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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.
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).
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
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?
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?
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
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!
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,
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