When beginning EGCG as a supplement, it would be wise to make sure you also are taking probiotics. Sometimes I recommend that patients take probiotics one or two weeks prior to introducing EGCG . Additionally, I recommend a change in diet. Remember that EGCG may act as a starch blocker. If candida overgrowth is present in the intestines, one might experience some mild gastrointestinal discomfort. Additionally, there is some evidence that EGCG is anti-fungal, which can promote a “die off” response that might also induce mild gastrointestinal discomfort. Taking probiotics prior to and during EGCG supplementation and while changing your diet (at the very least remove all refined carbohydrates) will prevent any mild gastrointestinal discomfort.
One teaspoon of leaves per cup of hot water is the average dosage generally recommended.
This is the traditional way to consume gynostemma, as a hot herbal tea made from the dried leaves. It has a delicious slightly sweet taste with a flavor similar to green tea and nettle. Because of its strong rejuvenating effects, it is frequently used as an alternative in place of caffeinated tea or coffee.
Hot water extracts are also available for convenience in capsule form. You can also, of course, add dried leaves to other herbal tea blends or use the bulk powdered extract (from opened capsules) in drinks or recipes.