We wildcraft the beautiful and magical green tea, Camellia sinensis, in full blossom.
Speaking of the blossoms, we came across an amazing study that claims that by adding the blossom to the aerial parts, may enhance the enzymatic activity by up to 177%! How could we not harvest the blossoms with the awareness of that information?
Protease, an enzyme that is similar to the popular Serrapeptase. An interesting aspect of this study is that it mentions an experiment that involves adding the flower to other aerial parts, which causes a synergy to take place. When they added the flower with its natural protease enzymes, it enhanced activity!
This may indicate that plants may truly be more potent in the full-spectrum form!
The information I found says that EGCG is beneficial in low amounts only. With a dose of 800+ mg. It becomes toxic to the liver! To give you an idea of how much 800 mg actually is, a size #000 capsule is 750 mg, so, if you take more than 1 capsule a day, you may potentially be doing more harm than good!
Here are a few key points included in this study:
- Tea ﬂowers contain a similar composition as tea leaves. Polyphenols, such as catechins and ﬂavonols, caffeine, and amino acids, such as theanine. All of these metabolites also occur in tea ﬂowers.
- Although the contents and components of catechins vary among different regions or cultivars of tea ﬂowers, EGCG, epicatechin gallate, and EGC have been identiﬁed as the main catechins in most tea ﬂowers from different regions & cultivars
- Recently, a new ﬂavonol glycoside, chakaﬂavonoside, was identiﬁed in tea ﬂowers.