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Anti-Hypersensitive Properties of Green and Black Tea:

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  • May 19, 2021

Increasing blood pressure is observed in many people nowadays and it causes harmful effects which result in developing the long lasting disease in an individual. Though there are medicines that help in lowering blood pressure intake of these medicines can cause addiction in some individuals. A study was organized to see the potential difference and changes and it was done with the collaboration of the University of California. It is shown by Irvine that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall. There are many properties in tea that are solid proof of anti-hypersensitive properties that can be highly used in the manufacture of new blood pressure-lowering medications. There are many disadvantages of consuming high dosage of medicines as it creates a high-end risk of disease and it makes our body very dizzy and less reactive. 

The study was published in cellular physiology and biochemistry, the discovery was made by the laboratory of Geoffrey Abbott, Ph.D., a professor in the department of physiology and biophysics at the UCI School of Medicine. Kaitlyn Redford, a graduate student in the Abbott Lab, was the first author of the study titled, "KCNQ5 potassium channel activation underlies vasodilation by tea.” The results gathered from this study were amazing as it revealed that there is a discovery of two catechin type flavonoid compounds, namely, epicatechin gallate and epigallocatechin- 3-gallate which are actively found in tea. These compounds have a specific type of feature in which it activates a specific type of ion channel protein which is named KCNQ5.

These compounds allow potassium ions to diffuse cells and reduce cellular excitability. As KCNQ5 is found in the smooth muscle that actively lines blood vessels. It is also said that the blood vessels are actively relaxed and it is done with the help of tea catechins. This was a prediction that will change all things easily and healthily. It was confirmed by collaborators at the University of Copenhagen.