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J Pharm Pharmacol. 2005 Oct;57(10):1365-9.

Oral administration of a decaffeinated green tea (Camellia sinensis) extract did not alter urinary 8-epi-prostaglandin F(2 alpha), a biomarker for in-vivo lipid peroxidation.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.


Oxidative stress is involved in the pathogenesis of numerous chronic human diseases. The objective of this study was to determine whether administration of a decaffeinated green tea extract providing 844 mg flavonoids daily reduced the urinary excretion of 8-epi-prostaglandin F(2 alpha) (8-epi-PGF(2 alpha)), a product of lipid peroxidation in cellular membranes and of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Nine healthy male and female subjects were studied at baseline and after 14 days of green tea supplementation. Analysis of urinary 8-epi-PGF(2 alpha) was performed using immunoaffinity extraction-gas chromatography-negative ion chemical ionization-mass spectrometry (GC-NICI-MS). Urinary 8-epi-PGF(2 alpha) concentrations were 0.286+/-0.120 nmol (mmol creatinine)(-1) at baseline and 0.244+/-0.177 nmol mmol(-1) creatinine after green tea supplementation. There were no significant differences in the excretion of urinary 8-epi-PGF(2 alpha) after treatment with green tea. We conclude that 14 days of green tea supplementation did not significantly alter in-vivo lipid peroxidation.

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