Tea Fermentation

Tea Fermentation

The Process of Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea Fermentation

All true teas, those manufactured from Camellia Sinensis, fall into three tea fermentation categories:

  • Unfermented (green tea)
  • Fermented (black tea)
  • Semi-fermented (Oolong tea)

What exactly does tea fermentation mean? Why does it matter? These are good questions.

The Process of Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea Fermentation

The process of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea fermentation follows the oxidation process, which involves leaving the freshly picked tea leaves out to dry in the sun until their moisture content is reduced by more than half. The next step is to roll and crush, or bruise, the withered tea leaves to release their proteins, fragrance, flavor and polyphenol (antioxidant) compounds. This step is what initiates the tea fermentation process, which increases the concentration of the tea’s polyphenols. The tea leaves are then fired to stop the fermentation process and to further dry them.

 

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Why Does Tea Fermentation Matter?

Oolong tea has higher levels of polyphenols in comparison to green tea or black tea. The Chinese have long credited Oolong tea with providing a variety of health benefits, some of which have been examined and studied by medical and health professionals with encouraging results. Mainly, it is the antioxidant properties of Oolong tea that are related to the way this compound acts as a scavenger within the body to neutralize oxidants, or free radicals, which have been linked to various diseases and illnesses.

While the proprietary semi-fermentation process of our premium grade of Oolong tea, Wu-Long tea contributes to its higher concentration of the powerful antioxidant, polyphenol, it also helps to define its unique and characteristic flavor.

Seeing Tea Fermentation in Another Light

The easiest way to think about tea fermentation is to imagine three bananas set down on a countertop.

  • The first banana is turning green (unfermented green tea).
  • The second banana is perfectly ripened and a bright yellow color (semi-fermented Oolong tea).
  • The third banana has been left out until it has turned completely black (fully fermented black tea).

Unless you’re making banana bread, most people would prefer the perfectly ripe banana. In the same way, semi-fermented Oolong tea is considered by many international tea tasters to be the greatest of the world’s teas in terms of flavor, style and character.

See for yourself!

Experience the benefits of tea fermentation with the best Oolong tea today, and see how easy it is to achieve your healthy body. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long products, visit our Wu-Long Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

Tea Oxidation

Tea Oxidation

The Process of Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea Oxidation

Tea oxidation is a crucial step within the manufacturing process of Oolong tea – one that the most skilled Tea Masters hold as a top priority.

What is Wu-Long Tea Oxidation?

Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is oxidized to perfection. Tea oxidation encourages the breakdown of cells in the raw leaf exposing the important enzyme, polyphenol oxidase, to oxygen in the air. Clean, pure air plays an essential part in achieving the optimum results for tea oxidation. This is just one more reason to purchase tea grown in the Mount Wu Yi region of Fujian, which is located in an officially designated Bio-Reserve and considered one of the purest places on earth.

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How the Tea Oxidation Process Works:

  • Step One: The first step in the tea oxidation process is to bruise the freshly plucked leaf by rolling it in drums and then laying it out in the sun. This allows the proteins in the leaf to break down.
  • Step Two: As the proteins break down and the leaf begins turning brown, it releases an exceptionally fragrant scent and the tea’s flavor, which are both stored within these proteins.
  • Step Three: Another key element to the tea oxidation process is the unlocking of polyphenols in the raw leaf, which is a key antioxidant ingredient within Okuma’s Wu-Long tea.
  • Step Four: When the tea is finally brewed, its fragrance, flavor and healthy polyphenols are released even more.

Now that you have learned about Okuma’s Wu-Long tea oxidation, you can learn still more about our Wu-Long tea with our tea brewing tips.

Experience the benefits of tea oxidation with Wu-Long tea, and see how easy it is to achieve your healthy body. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long products, visit our Wu-Long Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

Origins of Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea History

Rich Heritage Lies within Chinese Tea History

origins of oolong teaThere are many legends and theories surrounding origins of Oolong tea, along with the origin of how Okuma Nutritional’s premium grade of Oolong tea came to be branded Wu-Long tea.

Oolong tea history began within the lands of China, mainly the vicinity of Mount Wu Yi from the Fujian Province sometime during the Qing Dynasty. One Chinese tea history tale says it was developed by Tea Masters in homage to their translation of Black Dragon Tea, Oolong, which is a traditional Chinese symbol of good fortune.

The ancient tea producers living in the foothills of the mountain sourced their fresh leaves from wild tea bushes growing in the mineral rich soil of the region. The tea was harvested and processed entirely by hand – traditions that began with Oolong tea history and continue to this day.

The ancients noticed that teas brewed from these bushes were very bright, invigorating and flavorful. Somewhere along the way, a grower accidentally allowed a batch of tea to ferment, or oxidize, for a little longer than intended. Rather than throwing out his tea, he decided to brew a pot. He found the cup to be deeply flavorful and exceptionally stimulating.

 

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And the Rest is Chinese Tea History

That grower decided to become an entrepreneur, taking his tea discovery to market, where he struck gold and his story went down in Oolong tea history.

Teas from Mount Wu Yi were soon being sold throughout the Empire. They became so popular that many famous Qing Dynasty poems such the “Wu Yi Tea Song” and the “Wu Yi Tea Tale” were written in their honor.

Today the Mount Wu Yi region of Fujian is widely regarded as one of the purest places on Earth. The region is virtually pollution free, its air and water amongst the cleanest anywhere. In fact, the region is so pristine that much of Mount Wu Yi is located in an officially designated Bio-Reserve. In 1999 the mountain was even recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What Does This Oolong Tea History Mean for Wu-Long Tea?

It means that Wu-Long tea is exceptionally pure, resulting in very high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants, and only the most highly qualified Tea Masters are permitted to grade the finished product. This unique skill and experience in the Fujian Province is currently limited to a handful of just 20 such Tea Masters, who are currently sanctioned to grade these incredible teas.

At Okuma, we are proud to say that the heritage and history of our premium grade of Oolong tea is as rich as its flavor, hailing from this tremendous corner of the planet.

Start shopping for Wu-Long tea today, and see how easy it is to achieve your healthy body. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long products, visit our Wu-Long Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

Tea Brewing Tips

Tea Brewing Tips for the Perfect Cup Every Time

Tea Brewing TipsThe character of Wu-Long tea is deep and multi-layered, so it’s important to know some simple tea brewing tips. When you follow these tea brewing tips, your taste buds will be dazzled with everything from juicy peach-like notes to subtle orchid flower, fragrant honey and rich earth tones.

Depending on how much tea you use per cup and how long you brew it, these various character nuances will be present to varying and flavorful degrees.

Whether you like your cup strong and fragrant or light and mellow, the following tea brewing tips will guarantee perfect sipping every time!

What You Need to Follow our Tea Brewing Tips:

  • Wu-Long Tea Bag
  • Your favorite cup or teapot
  • A spoon
  • Pen and paper

 

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Tea Brewing Steps:

  • Heat your water to 85-90C / 185-195F (just before boiling)
  • Take 1 tea bag, and place it in your cup or teapot
  • Let steep for two minutes
  • After two minutes, carefully taste the tea with your spoon (let the tea breathe on your spoon for a few moments to allow it to cool slightly to ‘open’ the hidden flavor and ensure it isn’t too hot)
  • Record whether it is sweet, bitter or somewhere in between
  • Repeat the process once each minute until 7 minutes have passed
  • Look at your notes, and see which stage of the tea brewing process produced the cup you liked best

Now you know exactly how you like your Wu-Long tea. Brewing next time will be perfect. Simply set your kitchen timer to your desired tea brewing time, and you’ll have the perfect cup of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea.

A special note about boiling water:

When heating your water, take care not to let it boil. If the water is too hot it will scald your tea leaves when infused. The flavor of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is very unique and comes across best when brewed in water that has been heated to just below the boiling point: 85-90C/185-195F.

A general guide to follow for Wu-Long tea brewing is that if your cup is too hot to hold without the handle, your water is too hot.

Start shopping for Wu-Long tea today, and see how easy it is to achieve your healthy body. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long products, visit our Wu-Long Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

History of Wu Long Tea

Wu Long Tea History

History of Wu Long Tea

Wu Long Tea is simply another name for Oolong tea, or Wu-Long, or even Black Dragon tea. Over time the names have changed, but the tea remains the same. Whatever name you wish to call it, the tea has incredible taste and even more incredible health benefits.

The history of Wu Long tea tells the tale of a Chinese fisherman, named Wu Liang, who, after picking tea one day crossed paths with a very healthy deer. Knowing not to pass up a great opportunity for food, he dropped his tea pickings and took off after the deer in hot pursuit. By the time he captured the deer and returned home to prep the food he had completely forgotten about his tea pickings.

It wasn’t until several days later that he remembered and returned to get his tea pickings. The tea had molted a bit, changing color and took on a particular odor, but being a frugal fisherman he still took it home and prepped it for drinking.

What Wu Liang had stumbled upon is the recipe for making Oolong tea. Delaying the processing and letting the tea ferment longer gives the tea a very characteristic and mellow taste. It proved to become so popular that his name was forever associated with the tea and eventually became the name for the tea.

What wasn’t discovered until 400 years later were all the health benefits of the tea.

Okuma Nutritionals’ picks only the best, first growth tea. In addition, we follow our proprietary oxidation and fermentation process to provide you with the best, premium grade of Oolong tea: Wu-Long Tea.

Want to learn more about the tea making process?

Follow the links to understand the process of oxidation and fermentation, and learn the best tea brewing tips for the perfect cup of tea.

Along with enjoying the rich fragrance and flavor of Wu-Long tea, find out about clinical and medical studies conducted to discover how tea’s antioxidants can provide many health benefits.

How did Okuma Nutritionals’ brand of premium grade Oolong tea become Wu-Long tea? Learn more about Okuma’s Wu-Long tea history.

 

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Start shopping for Wu-Long tea today, and see how easy it is to achieve your healthy body. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long products, visit our Wu-Long Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

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Polyphenols

Tea Polyphenols

Polyphenols and Weight Loss

Do you hear “tea polyphenols,” and think of an insignificant ingredient on a label of nutritional facts? Tea polyphenols are not something you hear about every day, but they should be. Tea polyphenols are what make Okuma’s Wu-Long tea stand high above the rest. With their powerful positive effects on your overall health, tea polyphenols are worth a second glance.

Go into any bookstore and what topics dominate the magazine covers? Losing weight and getting healthy – because that’s what most of us want and need to do. Losing weight and getting healthy is not just to fit into your skinny jeans or to get ready for summer, which will be here before we know it. It’s our desire to have healthy bodies and avoid many of the statistics surrounding obesity, heart disease, and cancer.

Just as more of us are turning to Mother Nature to help reach our health and weight loss goals, so are many doctors and researchers, who have found a diamond in the rough – tea polyphenols – which is being studied for its affects on resolving many health issues. They are finding a connection between polyphenols and weight loss. This powerful antioxidant provides a holistic, natural way to shed pounds while addressing several illnesses, including cardiovascular heart disease and certain cancers1.

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What Are Tea Polyphenols Anyway?

Widely studied for more than a decade, compounds of polyphenols are found in many plant forms, including tea, wine, nuts, fruits and vegetables. They’re responsible for the brightly colored pigment of many fruits and vegetables, but it is the level of polyphenols that makes the difference.

Polyphenol content is the highest in the leaves of a plant, which is why tea, including Oolong, green, black and white tea, has received so much acclaim. Containing 10 times the antioxidants found in many fruits and vegetables, the subclass of tea polyphenols is flavonoids, which is the most potent of the plant antioxidants.

The Benefits of Tea Polyphenols

Tea polyphenols boost your immune system.

Tea polyphenols protect tea plants from diseases, and they do the same within the human body when consumed. These antioxidants go to work neutralizing free radicals, the toxins within our bodies caused by stress hormones, pollution, and other nasty elements from our environment. Tea polyphenols, or flavonoids, scavenge for those oxidants and take them out before they can cause cellular damage.

Tea polyphenols are linked to disease prevention.

With cases of cancer on the rise, tea polyphenols have garnered a lot of attention because of their powerful ability to protect cell membranes and prevent cellular DNA damage, which has been linked to reducing the risk of certain cancers.

Polyphenols and Weight Loss

The high levels of tea polyphenols in Oolong tea have also been studied as an aid to another health epidemic: obesity. Polyphenols and weight loss are actually linked. According to the International Journal on Obesity3, Oolong tea inhibits intestinal absorption of fat and can be used as an effective aid in weight loss, which could contribute to reducing the risk of obesity.

This is one of a number of studies that shows the natural weight loss power of tea polyphenols in Oolong tea. Another by the University Tokushima School of Medicine concluded that Oolong tea restricted fat and carbohydrate absorption while revving up energy metabolism3 .

With zero calories, this makes Wu-Long tea a fantastic and healthier alternative to diet sodas, and a powerful tool for aiding you in your weight loss goals.

If all this wasn’t enough, the tea polyphenols in Oolong tea have shown to be effective in providing various other health benefits including:

  • Lowering plasma glucose in type 2 diabetic patients
  • Reducing LDL cholesterol
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing bacteria that causes gum disease
  • Clearing skin
  • Reducing hair loss

Oolong tea specifically has approximately half the caffeine and double the amounts of tea polyphenols in comparison to other teas, like green tea, because of its fermentation process. Wu-Long tea, through Okuma’s proprietary semi-fermentation process produces an even higher amount of tea polyphenols.

Experience the health benefits of tea polyphenols with Okuma’s Wu-Long tea products. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long tea products, visit our FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

References

1. Shawn M. Talbott, Kerry Hughes, The Health Guide to Dietary Supplements, SupplementWatch, 2008.
2. L-K Han, T Takaku, J Li, Y Kimura1 and H Okuda, Anti-obesity action of oolong tea, International Journal of Obesity, 1999, 23:98105.
3. T. Komatsu, M Nakamori (Univ. Tokushima School Of Medicine, Tokushima, Jpn), K Komatsu (Fukuoka Prefecture Univ., Fukuoka, Jpn) et al, Oolong tea increases energy metabolism in Japanese females, J Med Invest, 2003, G0657A.

Fat Burning Tea

Fat Burning Tea

Is there really such a thing as Fat Burning Tea and can it really help me loose weight?

fat burning tea will help you win the battle of the bulgeThe answer to both these questions is a resounding YES!

Okuma’s Wu-Long oolong tea is a fat burning tea that actually helps you to lose weight and burn fat. No fat burning diet is complete without Okuma’s Wu-Long tea.

Research by the Department of Applied Nutrition at Tokushima University suggests that drinking a cup of Wu-Long tea (Pub-Med Article) before consuming carbohydrates reduces your body’s absorption of fat. This fat burning tea was shown to actually inhibit fat and carbohydrate absorption, allowing you to eat the foods you love and still lose weight.

According to a study from the University of Tokushima School of Medicine, adding Wu-Long tea to your fat burning diet will help you to burn more calories. You can burn approximately 10% more calories simply by drinking Okuma’s Wu-Long tea.

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Therefore, if you were to not diet or exercise and just drink Wu-Long tea, over the course of one year you would still lose weight. However, if you were to diet and exercise and also drink Wu-Long tea, you would find that the weight would come off faster and easier than with diet and exercise alone. The combination of the three is the key to your fat burning diet.

How Okuma’s Wu-Long Fat Burning Tea Works

Okuma’s Wu-Long fat burning tea is an all-natural weight loss aid. It boosts your metabolism and prevents fat absorption through its natural ingredients. Studies suggest that the high concentration of polyphenols present in Okuma’s Wu-Long tea actually increases the amount of calories your body burns.

Caffeine is also a component of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea – an ingredient that has been proven to increase metabolism. Okuma’s Wu-Long tea actually has about one fourth the amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee has, yet leads to increasing energy metabolism. Research suggests that this is due to the polyphenols, which are at higher levels in Wu-Long tea than any other tea. Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is a safe, natural and delicious addition to your fat burning diet.

Start shopping for fat burning tea today, and see for yourself how simple and delicious losing weight can be. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long tea, visit our FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

Natural Weight Loss

Wu-Long Natural Weight Loss Tea Provides a Safe, Natural Way to Lose Those Extra Pounds

Okuma’s Wu-Long natural weight loss tea is an all-natural, completely safe and delicious tea beverage that can actually help your body with natural weight loss. Research at the Tokushima School of Medicine suggests that the natural ingredients of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea help your body to burn more calories, fat and carbs simply by drinking it. And when Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is combined with diet and exercise, your progress skyrockets.

According to traditional Chinese belief, Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is a proven natural weight loss tea. For the last 10 years, doctors and nutritionists have paid a lot of attention to this belief. Numerous studies have found the components that make up this tea aid in bettering one’s health, from natural weight loss and improving skin and hair, to lowering LDL cholesterol and helping in the fight against diabetes, heart disease, gum disease and obesity.

Polyphenols, in combination with the other compounds of Okuma’s Wu-Long natural green weight loss tea, is the key. Because of its unique fermentation, Okuma’s Wu-Long natural weight loss tea has approximately half the caffeine and double the amounts of polyphenols in comparison to other teas, like green tea that helps you lose weight.

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This increase in the antioxidant polyphenol puts Okuma’s Wu-Long natural weight loss green tea as a frontrunner for better health and weight loss.

Natural Weight Loss Tea Research

In a study overseen by Johns Hopkins University1, the subjects experienced a 12% increase in fat oxidation that continued over a 24-hour period after consuming Wu-Long tea. Over the course of six weeks, Wu-Long tea was shown to promote weight loss as the result of a 10-12% increase in energy expenditure (EE), or metabolism. It also stated that Wu-Long tea had twice the amount of polyphenols and half the amount of caffeine, in comparison to green tea. Okuma has testimonials from real customers that have lost 20, 30 and even 40 pounds while drinking Okuma’s Wu-Long natural weight loss tea.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition2, the subcutaneous fat (which lies just under the skin) was significantly lower in their subjects, and the catechins (an antioxidant) in Wu-Long tea were useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases. These diseases included mainly obesity, but also diabetes, high cholesterol and many others.

Although the International Journal on Obesity3 report was a study with mice, they also concluded that Wu-Long tea can be a useful component in the treatment of obesity and fatty liver caused by a high-fat diet and is an effective natural weight loss tea. Okuma’s Wu-Long tea inhibits pancreatic lipase activity and the intestinal absorption of fat.

There are many prescription and over-the-counter weight loss remedies available, but they also come along with a list of side affects and are not 100% natural weight loss teas or aids. Aside from the lower amount of caffeine in Wu-Long tea (in comparison with other teas), it has quickly become the favorite natural weight loss tea alternative for those who want a healthier, slimmer body.

Start shopping for natural weight loss tea products such as tea bags, tea capsules and see for yourself how simple and delicious losing weight can be. Try it and love it, or your money back. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long tea products, visit our Natural green Weight Loss Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

References:
1. William Rumpler, James Seale, Beverly Clevidence, et al, Oolong Tea Increases Metabolic Rate and Fat Oxidation in Men, The Journal of Nutrition, 2001, 131:28482852.
2. Tomonori Nagao, Yumiko Komine, Satoko Soga, et al, Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005;81:1229.
3. L-K Han, T Takaku, J Li, Y Kimura1 and H Okuda, Anti-obesity action of oolong tea, International Journal of Obesity, 1999, 23:98105.

Weight Loss Tea

Weight Loss Tea

Can You Really Lose Weight By Drinking Tea?

Your number one choice in weight loss tea is Okuma’s Wu-Long tea. There are many teas on the market today claiming to be rapid weight loss teas, but Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is far superior – not only for weight loss – but for health and beauty as well.

Weight loss is no longer just a vanity issue. It is affecting our overall health. Extra weight, particularly in the waist area, can lead to many health hazards, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancers.

When we decide to lose weight, most of us have learned by now that crash diets are not the long-term answer to healthy weight loss. Tea, however, can be.

Along with a sensible diet and exercise plan, thousands of people, including doctors and nutritionists, have found Wu-long tea to increase metabolism (without high concentrations of caffeine) and help you to lose weight quickly and naturally.

How Does Okuma’s Wu-Long Weight Loss Tea Work?

Research has shown the high concentration of polyphenols and catechins in Wu-Long tea contributes to fat oxidation, which equals weight loss, good health and the shedding of those unwanted pounds. Because of this, researchers have studied its effects on reducing obesity and diabetes, with favorable results, making Okuma’s weight loss tea an ideal natural weight loss aid.

At Okuma Nutritionals we put a huge emphasis on providing you with validated, educational information on the many ways our weight loss tea can help you have a healthier, slimmer body.

Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more you can take advantage of the power of Wu-long tea.

We also have testimonials from real customers who have lost 20, 30, even 40 pounds while drinking Okuma’s Wu-Long rapid weight loss tea.

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Tea Studies Reveal the Health Benefits of Wu-Long Tea

Tea ResearchRecent tea research points to Wu-Long tea for a healthier, slimmer you.

At Okuma Nutritionals, we believe in the claims we make about the many benefits our tea provides you – not only because we have seen the results first hand, but because tea studies back them up.

In this tea research section, you can learn about the Oolong tea studies being done behind the scenes. Our articles cover the latest tea research clinical discoveries, presenting how Wu-Long tea aids in natural weight loss, can help reduce heart disease and the effects of diabetes, and addresses many other health concerns.

We put a huge emphasis on providing you with validated, educational information and up-to-date tea research on the many ways tea studies have shown that our tea can help you have a healthier, slimmer body. Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more you can take advantage of the power of Wu-long tea.

Learn more about the health benefits of Okuma’s Wu-Long tea with recent tea research studies. If you have any questions about Okuma’s Wu-Long products, visit our Tea FAQs or feel free to contact us for more information. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to assist you.

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