Our Pinhead Gunpowder is a high quality green tea that is as strong as it sounds. Its name comes from how the tea is shaped: like a bullet. The Pinhead Gunpowder is a traditional Chinese green tea that is rolled into a tight leaf, referred to as a pearl. This preparation allows the leaves to retain most of their nutrients. When brewed, these green tea pearls unfold their unique, bold, and grassy flavors. This wonderful tea may be enjoyed any time of the day but is especially pleasant with meals. Pinhead Gunpowder pairs well with our Organic Rooibos for a heart health blend. This tea contains caffeine.
What is Green Tea?
It surprises many people new to tea to learn that green tea and black tea originate from the same exact plant species—Camellia sinensis. It’s ultimately the variety of tea plant and how the tea leaves are processed that defines how green tea becomes “green” and black tea becomes “black”. Green tea, also known as unoxidized tea, is made solely from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are plucked, slightly withered, then immediately cooked to preserve the green quality and prevent oxidization (a process that black tea goes though). As a result of these methods, green teas have a much higher concentration of chlorophyll, polyphenols, and antioxidants than other tea types. A brewed green tea is typically green, yellow or light brown in color.
Benefits of Jasmine Pearls:
- reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- helps to prevents many types of cancer: lung, colon, esophagus, mouth, stomach, small intestine, kidney, pancreas, and mammary glands 
- promotes good of oral health
- helps body weight control
- helps lower cholesterol
For More Information:
“Green tea is a ‘non-fermented’ tea, and contains more catechins, than black tea or oolong tea. Catechins are in vitro and in vivo strong antioxidants. In addition, its content of certain minerals and vitamins increases the antioxidant potential of this type of tea…Recent human studies suggest that green tea may contribute to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, as well as to the promotion of oral health and other physiological functions such as anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power.” Beneficial effects of green tea–a review.
“Green tea contains a unique set of catechins that possess biological activity in antioxidant, anti-angiogenesis, and antiproliferative assays potentially relevant to the prevention and treatment of various forms of cancer…Synergistic properties of green tea extracts with other sources of polyphenolic constituents are increasingly recognized as being potentially important to the medicinal benefits of black and green teas.” Medicinal Benefits of Green Tea: Part I. Review of Noncancer Health Benefits
“The major components of interest are the polyphenols which are responsible for the antioxidant and other health benefits of green tea. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids. The four major flavonoids in green tea are the catechins, epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Epigallocatechin gallate is viewed as the most significant active component… There is also a wide range of uses for green tea in diabetes, exercise enhancement, inflammatory bowel disease, skin disorders, hair loss, weight loss and iron overload.” Green tea: Health benefits
“Caffeine, theanine, theaflavins, theobromine, theophylline, and phenolic acids are found in green tea.3 In vitro, animal, and human studies suggest that the polyphenols in green tea are potent antioxidants with antimutagenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hypocholesterolemic properties.” Green Tea: Potential Health Benefits
A study evaluated the influence of a green tea catechin beverage on body composition and fat distribution in overweight and obese adults during exercise-induced weight loss. The findings of this study suggest that consumption of a beverage containing green tea catechins (625 mg/d) may enhance exercise-induced loss of abdominal fat. Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults
“The inhibitory effect of jasmine green tea epicatechin isomers on Cu+2-mediated oxidation was also characterized by protecting docosahexaenoic, arachidonic, α-linolenic, and linoleic acid in LDL against oxidative degradation. We conclude that, in addition to their hypocholesterolemic effect, jasmine tea epicatechin isomers may serve as a source of natural antioxidative agents in human diet.” Inhibitory effect of jasmine green tea
“Green tea is a widely consumed beverage and its origins date back thousands of years in China. The legendary Chinese emperor, Shen Nung, discovered the detoxifying and health-maintaining properties of green tea around 2700 B.C. In recent years, green tea is being widely studied for its beneficial effect in treatment and prevention of human diseases. It is considered to be anti-inflammative, anti-oxidative, anti-mutagenic, and anti-carcinogenic and can prevent cardiac disorders.” McKinley, H., & Jamieson, M. (2009). Handbook of Green Tea and Health Research. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
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Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.