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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-22

Green tea extract for periodontal health

Department of Periodontics, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Babu Venkateswara
Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore - 524002, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.82258

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Tea, the commonly consumed beverage, is gaining increased attention in promoting overall health. In specific, green tea is considered a healthful beverage due to the biological activity of its polyphenols namely catechins. Among the polyphenols Epigallo catechin 3 gallate and Epicatechin 3 Gallate are the most predominant catechins. The antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticollagenase, antimutagenic, and c hemopreventive properties of these catechins proved to be helpful in the treatment of chronic diseases like periodontal disease. Studies have demonstrated that the type of processing mainly effects the concentration of catechins. Several epidemiological studies have proved that green tea also has some general health benefitting properties like antihypertensive, reduction of cardiovascular risk, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. The present review concentrates on the effects of green tea in periodontal and general health.

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