Green Tea Health Benefits: Latest from the Science Press…
Sun et al discuss the potential beneficial effects of various plant materials like roots, flowers, and seeds. Many of these plant parts are rich in polyphenolic compounds, and they offer beneficial effects in protecting against diseases involving oxidative stress, such as cancers and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
It is thought that many plants, like Green Tea (C. sinensis) possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and are capable of “mopping up” reactive and toxic agents.
Recent studies further reveal that some compounds may contribute specific biochemical effects that are beyond their antioxidant and radical-scavenging properties, for example, involvement in various biochemical processes within the body. These effects may have an impact on the onset and progression of neurodegenerative diseases and aging.
Cardiac amyloidosis is a disorder caused by deposits of an abnormal protein (amyloid) in the heart tissue, which make it hard for the heart to work properly.
Studies by Kristen et al suggests an inhibitory effect of Green Tea on the progression of cardiac amyloidosis.
A study by Faria et al, focused on the potential of Green Tea to improve uncoupling of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in diabetic conditions. The results of their studies suggest that Green Tea reversed the diabetes-induced oxidative stress in diabetes and helped to ameliorate Nitric Oxide levels.
Results from studies by Kostin et al on Green Tea catechins (EGCG) improve traditional pancreatic cancer therapies. In conclusion, EGCG and pterostilbene have additive, antiproliferative effects in vitro and alter the apoptotic mechanisms in both cell lines by modulation at different points in the mechanism.
The aim of a study by Suliburska et al was to examine the effects of green tea extract on the mineral, body mass, lipid profile, glucose, and antioxidant status of obese patients. The results of this study confirm the beneficial effects of green tea extract supplementation on body mass index, lipid profile, and total antioxidant status in patients with obesity.
Jiang et al studied the effects of L-theanine, a amino acid found in Green Tea, on induced liver injury in an animal model. L-theanine protects liver cells against liver injury through reduction of anti-oxidant capacity in liver cells to relieve inflammatory response and hepatocyte apoptosis.