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Gunpowder Green Tea

Gunpowder Green Tea is a traditional Chinese tea that comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is grown in most of thirty countries. Gunpowder green tea is known for its bold, green curled leaf and for its powerful green flavour.

Gunpowder Green tea is rich in catechins

Gunpowder Green tea, like the other members of the Camellia Sinensis plant, is widely known for its anti-cancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties due to its main antioxidant agents such as catechins, thus beneficial in CVD, diabetes, obesity, neurologic and oral health. Catechins include epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate and epigallocatechin gallate. The main role of catechins is to scavenge reactive oxygen species, and inhibit the formation of free radicals and lipid peroxidation. Oxidative stress results from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (2). Green tea may exert its preventative effects on various types of cancer such as lung, esophagus, stomach, intestinal, pancreatic, breast, prostate, and bladder cancer.

Gunpowder green tea exhibits antimicrobial properties

Research has shown that exposure to green tea polyphenols results in major gene expression changes for up to seventeen genes (3). Green tea has been shown to be effective against several viruses, parasites, fungi, and other prions (2).

Green tea consumption can benefit cardiovascular health

Catechins found in green tea inhibit vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and inhibit thrombogenesis by suppressing platelet adhesion (4). Catechins, also protect vascular endothelial cells and enhance vascular integrity and regulate blood pressure.

Green tea consumption as an aid in weight loss

The daily consumption of green tea for twelve weeks, about four cups, which results in a high dose of catechins (857mg EGCG) green tea resulted in a significant weight loss in women with centra obesity (5)

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2. Reygaert WC. Green Tea Catechins: Their Use in Treating and Preventing Infectious Diseases. Biomed Res Int. 2018 Jul 17;2018:9105261. PMID: 30105263; PMCID: PMC6076941.

3. Cho YS, Schiller NL, Kahng HY, Oh KH. Cellular responses and proteomic analysis of Escherichia coli exposed to green tea polyphenols. Curr Microbiol. 2007 Dec;55(6):501-6.  Epub 2007 Sep 14. PMID: 17874165.

4. Bhardwaj P, Khanna D. Green tea catechins: defensive role in cardiovascular disorders. Chin J Nat Med. 2013 Jul;11(4):345-53.  PMID: 23845542.

5. Levy Y, Narotzki B, Reznick AZ. Green tea, weight loss and physical activity. Clin Nutr. 2017 Feb;36(1):315.  Epub 2016 Nov 11. PMID: 27890488