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Consumption of green tea causes rapid increase in plasma antioxidant power in humans

Benzie, IFF, Szeto, YT, Strain, JJ and Tomlinson, B (1999) Consumption of green tea causes rapid increase in plasma antioxidant power in humans. NUTRITION AND CANCER-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 34 (1). pp. 83-87. [Journal article]

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Green tea contains polyphenolic antioxidants that have shown anticarcinogenic properties in animal and in vitro experimental studies. Current data regarding absorption and bioavailability of tea antioxidants in humans, however, are conflicting. In this study, plasma and urine antioxidant power after ingestion of green tea was measured using the ferric reducing/antioxidant power (FRAP) assay (US patent pending) to assess absorption, systemic distribution, and renal excretion of green tea antioxidants in healthy adults. Results showed that absorption of green tea antioxidants was rapid with peak increase in plasma FRAP of around 4% at 40 minutes after ingestion: mean increase was 44 +/- 9 (SE) mu mol/l. Excretion of polyphenolic antioxidants runs also fast, peaking at 60-90 minutes, with significant correlation between urinary FRAP values and urinary total phenolic concentrations (r = 0.845, p < 0.001). In control studies, no increase in plasma or urine FRAP values was seen after intake of water. Although the amount of antioxidants absorbed was relatively small and the increase in plasma antioxidant power,was of short duration, results demonstrate that some potentially anticarcinogenic polyphenolic antioxidants in green tea enter the systemic circulation soon after ingestion and cause a significant increase in plasma antioxidant status. This increase may, in turn, lower oxidative damage to DNA and so decrease risk of cancer.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:5245
Deposited By: Mrs Alison Deehan
Deposited On:14 Jan 2010 14:57
Last Modified:01 Nov 2011 09:56

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