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Health-promoting effects of green tea.

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Faculty of Human Life Sciences, Nagoya Keizai University, Inuyama, Japan.

Abstract

Green tea is manufactured from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis Theaceae and has been regarded to possess anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral effects. Many of the beneficial effects of green tea are related to the activities of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a major component of green tea catechins. For about 20 years, we have engaged in studies to reveal the biological activities and action mechanisms of green tea and EGCG. This review summarizes several lines of evidence to indicate the health-promoting properties of green tea mainly based on our own experimental findings.

PMID:
22450537
PMCID:
PMC3365247
DOI:
10.2183/pjab.88.88
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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