One of the most exciting and well-documented new breakthroughs in anti-aging and longevity is a cellular process called autophagy. Tea, especially green tea, has been shown to activate autophagy.
However, there is little-known downside to drinking green tea, especially if you’re hoping to use it to activate autophagy.
See, the primary benefits of drinking green tea come from a compound inside of it called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
EGCG is a polyphenol, which is a class of nutrients that are powerful antioxidants.
Antioxidants promote longevity, help with blood pressure, and have been shown to fight cancer. In fact, EGCG is the most potent anti-cancer polyphenol in green tea.
As you can see, EGCG has a wide range of health benefits.
However, the most interesting–and probably the most healthy–benefit is the fact that it induces autophagy. Tea, particularly green tea, starts autophagy by mimicking the effects of caloric restriction.
But not all green teas are created equal.
What is Autophagy and Why Is It So Good for You?
Your cells are simply tiny machines. Throughout the course of your day, your cells produce waste inside them and their small, internal parts start to wear down and break.
When you fast, your cells get depleted of nutrients and the first place they look for energy is right inside of themselves.
Autophagy is your body’s recycling program. During fasting, your cells begin autophagy and start to breakdown that waste material and recycle the broken parts into raw protein and amino acids.
However, you have to fast for a significant period of time to induce autophagy. Studies show you need to fast for at least 12 to 16 hours to begin autophagy. The longer you fast, the more autophagy you can induce.
Calorie Restriction Mimetics: Green Tea, Autophagy, and Fasting
But with green tea, you may not need to fast for quite as long.
We now know about a group of nutrients called caloric restriction mimetics (CRM) that are proven to begin autophagy without having to fast.
The EGCGs found in green tea and black tea do exactly that. They have been shown to recreate the effects of fasting inside your cells without actually having to fast.
But EGCGs are just one of a handful of healthy caloric restriction mimetics (more on that below).
The Catch with Green Tea
But here’s the problem with green tea: you need around 100mg of EGCG in order to achieve its health benefits.
How do we know this? Because most of the clinical studies on green tea extracts and EGCG are done using 100mg or more of EGCG.
So you would need to drink at least 2 cups of green tea every single day in order to get the benefits.
Which is not that big of a deal.
But the amount of EGCG in a cup of green tea can vary by up to 240%.
In some cases, you could drink 3 or more cups of green tea and still not hit 100mg.
The point is: you just don’t know.
If you’re hoping to either reduce your risk of atherosclerosis or induce autophagy, tea on its own may not be the best idea. You’d be shooting in the dark without knowing if you’re actually achieving your goals.
But here’s how you can be sure. Caloric restriction mimetics can help you make sure you know exactly what’s going on inside your body.
A Simple Solution to Induce Autophagy
Tea isn’t the only caloric restriction mimetic (CRM). There are several other very healthy CRMs that are all backed by significant scientific research.
Curcumin – The compound in turmeric that gives it that beautiful orange/yellow color. It is a potent and healthy anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Resveratrol – Resveratrol is a phenol found in the skin of red grapes and wine.
Pterostilbene – A more bioavailable “cousin” of resveratrol, found notably in blueberries.
Niacinamide – A form of Vitamin B3. Unlike niacin, does not cause the dreaded “flush”.
Quercetin – This is another polyphenol, found in kale and red onions. Several studies have shown that when combined with resveratrol and curcumin, quercetin increases their bioavailability and potency.
Each of these nutrients and antioxidants has been studied very closely and found to induce autophagy on their own and when combined together.
The World’s First Autophagy Supplement
Accord Nutrition has created the world’s very first autophagy supplement to support your fasting by inducing autophagy sooner.
The Autophagy Stack combines 100mg of EGCG plus all of the above caloric restriction mimetics at their clinically studied dosages into one daily supplement.
The Benefits of Autophagy Stack
The Autophagy Stack takes out the guesswork of having to drink a certain number of cups of green tea. Autophagy is something that is changing the lives of people across the world.
You can’t risk not knowing if you’re inducing autophagy by just guessing how much EGCG you’re getting through green tea.
You get the same, clinical amount each day so you have peace of mind about your health.
Not only does the Autophagy Stack strengthen your fasting efforts, it also provides tremendous antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anti-aging, skin health, and neuroprotective benefits.
The Autophagy Stack is third-party tested for purity and label claims.