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Development of the World's First Green Tea-derived Lactobacillus Plantarum APsulloc331261, GTB1TM

Development of the World's First Green Tea-derived Lactobacillus Plantarum APsulloc331261, GTB1

Green Tea-derived Probiotics GTB1TM which Began from Green Tea Research

Green tea-derived probiotics was born out of Jeju’s eco-friendly environment and our unrivaled technology. About 10 years ago, Amorepacific R&I Center, which made fermented tea from organic green tea leaves, began studying probiotics trying to find the answer to the question, 'if we ferment green tea leaves with bacteria found in green tea leaves, wouldn’t that add more flavor to the tea?' To find new strain of bacteria, the R&I Center analyzed every tea plant in its tea gardens and accidentally discovered that the probiotics in tea trees located near the sea are stronger than any other probiotics. After in-depth research and development based on this finding, Amorepacific developed probiotics derived from green tea leaves. The scientific name for the green tea-derived probiotics is Lactobacillus Plantarum APsulloc331261. AP stands for Amorepacific, followed by sulloc 331261, where 'sulloc' means that it came from OSULLOC tea gardens with '33126' referring to the latitude and the longitude of Jeju. GTB1TM is the trademark that stands for ‘the First Green Tea Biotics’.

Development of the World's First Green Tea-derived Lactobacillus Plantarum APsulloc331261, GTB1

The World’s First Patented Green Tea-derived Probiotics, GTB1TM

Green tea-derived probiotics, GTB1TM, was confirmed as new probiotics with completely different genome to other reported bacteria according to the results of whole-genome sequencing. And genetic analysis showed that it is a bacterium of a hybrid disposition with the advantages of both plant-based probiotics and animal-based probiotics. It was verified by the standards of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and was confirmed that it is a safe strain with no antibiotic resistance, decay-causing microbes, or virulence genes. Based on its originality and safety, it obtained the world’s first patent as green tea-derived probiotics.

Green Tea-derived Probiotics GTB1TM with Outstanding Ability to Survive and Settle in the Intestine

The ability to survive and settle is an important feature of an excellent strain of probiotics. Green tea-derived probiotics GTB1TM has more than 7 times the ability to survive and more than 5 times the ability to settle in the intestines compared to the standard Lactobacillus plantarum. Its ability to settle in the intestines, especially, was found to be outstanding compared to well-known strains globally. This was found through a joint research with Professor Wilhelm Holzapfel, Chairman of the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH). Green tea-derived probiotics GTB1TM is a strain recognized by the top expert in the field of probiotics as one with outstanding ability to survive and settle.

Green Tea-derived Probiotics GTB1TM with Excellent Benefits

Green tea-derived probiotics GTB1TM is verified to be an excellent strain of probiotics as well as acknowledged for its various benefits to the body. It is known to ease gastric ulcer and inflammation in the stomach, making it beneficial considering the strong spicy diet of Koreans. It was also verified to increase the production of short-chain fatty acids, which are intestinal metabolomes with anti-inflammatory properties that also lower cholesterol levels. The findings were published in a renowned SCI-grade international journal in the field of microbiology research. Furthermore, green tea-derived probiotics GTB1TM was found to be beneficial in losing weight, regulating metabolism, improving respiratory function and hyper-inflammatory response.