Green tea shows several beneficial health effects


Green tea shows several beneficial health effects.

"Tea is the most consumed drink in the world after water. Green tea is a 'nonfermented' tea, and contains more catechins, than black tea or oolong tea," scientists writing in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition report.

C. Cabrera and colleagues at the Universidad de Granada explained, "Catechins are in vitro and in vivo strong antioxidants. In addition, its content of certain minerals and vitamins increases the antioxidant potential of this type of tea. Since ancient times, green tea has been considered by the traditional Chinese medicine as a healthful beverage.

"Recent human studies suggest that green tea may contribute to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, as well as to the promotion of oral health and other physiological functions such as antihypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, antifibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power. Increasing interest in its health benefits has led to the inclusion of green tea in the group of beverages with functional properties."

The authors finished, "However, although all the evidence from research on green tea is very promising, future studies are necessary to fully understand its contributions to human health, and advise its regular consumption in Western diets, in which green tea consumption is nowadays limited and sporadic."

Cabrera and colleagues published their study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (Beneficial effects of green tea - A review. J Am Coll Nutr, 2006;25(2):79-99).

Additional information can be obtained by contacting C. Cabrera, Universidad de Granada, Dpto. NutriciĆ³n y Bromatolog & #237;a, Facultad de Farmacia, Campus Universitario de Cartuja, 18012-Granada, Spain.

The publisher of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition can be contacted at: American College Nutrition, 300 South Duncan Avenue, Ste. 225, Clearwater, FL 33755, USA.

Keywords: Granada, Spain, Alternative Medicine, Angiology, Anti-Infectives, Antimicrobials, Antioxidant Activity, Antioxidants, Black Tea, Cardiology, Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular Disease, Catechins, Diet and Nutrition, Green Tea, Human Health, Neurology, Neuroprotection, Polyphenols, Vascular Disease, Weight Management. This article was prepared by Biotech Week editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2006, Biotech Week via

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