You may be wondering – gunpowder tea, really? Well, gunpowder tea is a strain of Chinese green tea which literally translates as “pearl tea” in English. It gets its rather unique sounding name from the way it looks; the tea is rolled up into tight pellets and is often said to resemble the look of gunpowder. In pellet form, the tea retains more of its flavour and renown smoky scent, a very common characteristic amongst high-quality green and oolong teas, in fact, the highest grades are still rolled by hand. Read on for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Gunpowder Tea!
1. Anti-aging qualities
Due to its being a strain of green tea, gunpowder tea is practically overflowing with antioxidants, which have been proven to help slow the early signs of aging such as fine lines and smile creases.
2. Heart healthy
By managing cholesterol, HDL and LDL levels within your blood, gunpowder tea is said to help those who drink it daily to prevent cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
3. Promotes weight loss
With its ability to speed up your metabolism, as well as that magical combination of caffeine, theanine and catechins, gunpowder green tea (when consumed regularly alongside frequent exercise) helps to burn fat in your the body and supports the appearance of muscle. As an aside, you can speed up the weight loss process further, if for example, you add a few pieces of equipment to your home gym. You can add a low impact good elliptical machine on a budget, if you’re ready to spend around £410 ($500).
4. Helps combat flu & cold symptoms
The antioxidants within gunpowder tea mean that it’s vigorously able to combat flu symptoms, thereby shortening the length of time that your body suffers with them as well as lessening their strength.
5. Aids digestion
Because gunpowder tea is a source of fibre, it improves bowel movement and works effectively as a laxative, it also means that the rate that your body absorbs nutrients is quickened and becomes more efficient.
When steeped, each roll of gunpowder tea should uncurl to release a honey-like taste explosion with a rich, smoky aftertaste. It has a deep orange-brown colour which grows more intense the longer it is brewed. Give it a try! If you already drink it, tell us your thoughts in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Want to discover more teas? Quench your thirst with these other delicious tea articles and here are more Top 5’s to get YOU Fit your way!)