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

http://doi.org/10.1631/jzus.B1500001


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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Abstract: 
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.

茶与人体健康:茶叶活性组分的生物医学效应和当前关注的若干问题

概要:饮茶有益于健康的观念在我国已沿传多个世纪,并在很大程度上为全世界所接受。本文简述了茶叶的药用历史以及从中国传播到世界各地的历史进程,重点对国内外关于饮茶预防癌症、代谢综合症、心血管疾病以及神经退行性疾病等人体重要疾病的最新研究成果进行了综述。在此基础上,针对当前在动物实验和人体流行病学调查结果上存在差异的原因,特别是对茶叶中儿茶素类化合物在人体组织中生物可利用度低的问题、高剂量绿茶提取物对人体可能存在毒性等安全性问题进行了讨论。此外,还介绍了近几年在提高儿茶素类化合物生物可利用度和对癌症的预防和治疗效果上的最新进展。
关键词:茶;癌症;代谢综合症;心血管疾病;神经退行性疾病;生物可利用度

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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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