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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2015 Vol.16 No.2 P.87-102


Tea and human health: biomedical functions of tea active components and current issues

Author(s):  Zong-mao Chen, Zhi Lin

Affiliation(s):  Tea Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou 310008, China

Corresponding email(s):   zmchen2006@163.com

Key Words:  Tea, Cancer, Metabolic syndrome, Cardiovascular disease, Neurodegenerative disease, Bioavailability

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Originating in China, tea and tea planting have spread throughout the world since the middle of the Tang dynasty. Now people from 160 countries in the world are accustomed to tea drinking. A brief history of tea’s medicinal role in China and its spread to the world are introduced. The effectiveness of tea active components and tea drinking on major human diseases, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative diseases, is discussed. Also presented are some related issues, such as the bioavailability of tea active components, the new formulations of tea polyphenols, and the safety for consumers of dietary supplements containing tea polyphenols.



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Prof. S.C.Barua@Tea Husbandry<scbarua10@gmail.com>

2015-02-12 18:29:14

The beneficial effects of tea on human health is one of the most important subject for discussion to promote tea drinking around the world. The above article is another important step towards it and hope it would certainly help in establishing tea as the most preferred natural health drink.

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