Tea catechins and polyphenols: health effects, metabolism, and antioxidant functions.

  title={Tea catechins and polyphenols: health effects, metabolism, and antioxidant functions.},
  author={Jane V. Higdon and Balz Frei},
  journal={Critical reviews in food science and nutrition},
  volume={43 1},
Increasing interest in the health benefits of tea has led to the inclusion of tea extracts in dietary supplements and functional foods. However, epidemiologic evidence regarding the effects of tea consumption on cancer and cardiovascular disease risk is conflicting. While tea contains a number of bioactive chemicals, it is particularly rich in catechins, of which epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant. Catechins and their derivatives are thought to contribute to the beneficial… CONTINUE READING
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