A comprehensive overview of the inherent properties, chemical and biochemical functions, actions for lowering the risks of cardiovascular and infectious diseases and cancers, and underlying mechanisms of tea polyphenols. It reveals the bioantimutagenic potency of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) found in green tea.
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An introduction to the history of tea; biosynthesis of tea catechins; fermentation of tea; methods of extracting polyphenolic constituents of tea; antioxidative action of tea polyphenols; radical scavenging action; antibacterial action; MRSA; anticariogenic action; antiviral action of tea polyphenols; prevention of cancer by tea polyphenols; lipid lowering effects; hypoglycaemic action of tea polyphenols; hypotensive action of tea polyphenols; effects on intestinal flora; the fate of tea catechins after oral intake; efficacy of the health benefits of black tea or black tea polyphenols; toxicology; practical and industrial applications; tea in Japan.
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