Due to stress and environmental toxins we are constantly under the influence of free radicals – oxygen molecules which have either one electron too many or lack one electron. They are generated by cigarette smoke, X-rays, UV rays of the sun, by nitrite residues in food, etc. Stress has a reinforcing effect on their generation since permanent stress reduces the body’s ability to defend itself.
Free radicals lead to oxidation processes which aggressively attack the cells. They accelerate tissue degeneration and therefore also the aging processes. They moreover seem to be responsible for a faster course of certain diseases such as asthma, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and a number of inflammatory processes. Nature, however, provides us with a number of protective substances – the antioxidants. Among them are the vitamins C and E, beta carotene and catechins.
Catechins are the active substances of green tea which, due to the fact that they are extremely potent, protect against heart and vascular diseases as well as against infections with viruses and bacteria. They could also be effective in cancer-related diseases, as is suggested by first studies.
Chinese doctors have known the positive properties of green tea for many centuries, and they use them. With the help of the pure green tea extract as it is contained in Imperial Green®, the effect can be used to its maximum extent and everyone may profit therefrom easily and effectively.
Green tea contains volatile oils, vitamins, minerals and caffeine as well as great quantities of active substances which are the secret of its positive effect. Green tea contains catechins, substances belonging to the group of polyphenols. Catechins are synthesized by many plants, among others grapes, cranberries, blueberries, maple and pines, red-flowered hawthorn and legumes. But also parsley and peanut shells contain catechins. In the case of green tea it is mainly epigallocatechin that is regarded as responsible for the positive effects.
Investigations have shown that the catechin of green tea not only has a similar effect as the vitamins C and E but that it probably is the true, natural substance that increases the effect of these vitamins. It is, however, undisputed that the extract is one of the most powerful antioxidants and most efficient radical catchers that exist.
Increased cholesterol level: most people in the so-called affluent society have cholesterol levels that are too high. The consequences are well known: Blood vessels are narrowed by deposits and the risk of cardiac infarction and stroke increases. Investigations have shown that the intake of Imperial Green® protects twofold against the damaging effects of cholesterol:
Due to the influence of Imperial Green®, less cholesterol is deposited along the vessel walls. The cholesterol level drops, excess cholesterol is excreted via the liver. This effect is even more pronounced if vitamin C is taken additionally.
Catechins also lower high triglyceride levels, which also contribute to atherosclerosis.
Cardiovascular system: Imperial Green® protects the cardiovascular system not only by lowering increased blood fat values but also by its positive influence on blood pressure. Furthermore, the effect of the extract on the vascular system is similar to that of aspirin. Clumping of the blood platelets, which leads to the obstruction of vessels, is prevented and the flow properties of the blood are improved without, however, having the side effects of aspirin.
Cancer: studies at the university of Indiana have shown that four different catechins which are contained in Imperial Green® seem to have a positive effect on the biochemical factors leading to cancer. In laboratory experiments the growth of tumors could also be slowed and the spread of metastases stopped. In spite of these positive results it is, however, too early to recommend Imperial Green® as a remedy against cancer and in no case should it be used in this indication without the advice of a doctor.
Chronic fatigue syndrome: in our performance oriented world, many people complain of the so-called chronic fatigue syndrome. It is characterized by lack of drive, disturbed sleep and concentration, depressive mood, headache, pain in the joints and susceptibility to infection. It is mostly people above 40 years of age who suffer from this syndrome. It is probably caused by increased stress and harmful effects of the environment which weaken our immune system. Imperial Green® may help also in this case as its positive effect on the immune system increases vitality and performance capacity in almost all patients.
Antiaging / immune function: Imperial Green® can, of course, not reverse the natural aging process but may slow it quite considerably. Both physical and mental premature age-related damage may be prevented on account of the positive effect on collagen and elastin fibers. Imperial Green® supports fiber synthesis in the cells of the body and in this way may slow the inevitable aging of tissues. It could also be proven that it has a positive effect on the immune system and therefore also provides better protection against infection.
Gingivitis: in several studies Imperial Green® showed good efficacy in inflammations of the gum. The reason for that seems to be its antiinflammatory effect.
Vascular problems: the application in venous insufficiency and atherosclerosis is also well documented. There are facts that indicate that the regular intake of Imperial Green® also has a preventive effect on the formation of varicose veins. Good successes were also achieved in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Catechins are also excellently suited to reduce swelling after injuries or operations. By catching free radicals which attack the walls of blood vessels and lymph vessels, these vessels become more resistant and less permeable. This in turn reduces the tendency to swell.
One capsule contains 200 mg Imperial Green® (green tea extract) in pharmaceutical grade. Other ingredients: rice flour, magnesium stearate.
In normal cases take 1 – 3 capsules daily in the morning with breakfast with plenty of fluid.
Imperial Green® is generally well-tolerated and has no toxic effects. Side effects are very rare and if they occur, they are slight allergic reactions and a slightly disturbed digestion. It is, however, important to consult a doctor regarding all illnesses and not to resort to self-medication with Imperial Green®.
The maximal safe dose for children and pregnant or lactating women as well as for patients suffering from severe liver and kidney diseases is not yet known. Caution is advised if you simultaneously take medicines that inhibit blood coagulation such as coumarin or heparin since their effect could be intensified, which may lead to bleeding.
There are a number of important reasons to take Imperial Green® as an extract instead of simply drinking green tea, which would theoretically also be possible.
- In order to ingest the optimal dose of catechins it would be necessary to drink between 10 and 20 cups of green tea per day. Taking one capsule of Imperial Green® per meal is much easier.
- Drinking great quantities of hot tea may increase the risk of esophageal carcinomas.
- Allowing the tea to draw in hot water may also allow pesticides to dissolve and then to be drunk. Imperial Green® comes from controlled organic cultivation and is also decaffeinated.
- Different processing methods cause composition and strength of the various green tea varieties to vary extremely. When taking an extract the dose ingested is always known.
Store in a cool, dry place and keep out of reach of children.