Inhibition of xanthine oxidase by catechins from tea (Camellia sinensis).

@article{Aucamp1997InhibitionOX,
  title={Inhibition of xanthine oxidase by catechins from tea (Camellia sinensis).},
  author={J P Aucamp and Alexandre B. Gaspar and Yasuo Hara and Zeno Apostolides},
  journal={Anticancer research},
  year={1997},
  volume={17 6D},
  pages={
          4381-5
        }
}
Some epidemiological studies have associated tea drinking with several health benefits, while other such studies have been inconclusive. The liver enzyme, xanthine oxidase (XO) produces uric acid and reactive oxygen species (ROS) during the catabolism of purines. Excess of the former can lead to gout and of the latter to increased oxidative stress, mutagenesis and possibly cancer. Polyphenols are antioxidants, and it has been suggested that they can reduce oxidative stress by their antioxidant… CONTINUE READING

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