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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 161-167

Green tea: A boon for periodontal and general health


Department of Periodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Gunjan Agarwal
E-1019, Rajendra Nagar, Bareilly - 243 122, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.99256

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Green tea is particularly rich in health-promoting flavonoids (which account for 30% of the dry weight of a leaf), including catechins and their derivatives. The most abundant catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which is thought to play a pivotal role in the green tea's anticancer and antioxidant effects. Catechins should be considered right alongside of the better-known antioxidants like vitamins E and C as potent free radical scavengers and health-supportive for this reason. It has been suggested that green tea also promotes periodontal health by reducing inflammation, preventing bone resorption and limiting the growth of certain bacteria associated with periodontal diseases.


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