Learn How Antioxidants and Flavonoids May Help Protect Your Body
Tea flavonoids are a type of polyphenol compound that is found highly concentrated in premium grades of Oolong tea such as Okuma’s Wu-Long. Antioxidants – flavonoids, catechins, and polyphenols – found in tea can help protect your body.
We’re surrounded by stress on a daily basis, which takes its toll on our minds and on our bodies. More than ever, we need to be aware of how we can combat the toxins created by stress, and the answer may be found in a cup of tea.
Tea is known to contain a high level of antioxidants in the form of dietary flavonoids, which go to work to neutralize free radicals and help the body to stay healthy.
Flavonoids, a type of polyphenol found in tea, are also found in several fruits and vegetables. But tea flavonoids are often found in higher levels than flavonoids in fruits and vegetables. This fact has garnered the interest of many medical professionals and researchers.
Antioxidant Flavonoids Combat Free Radicals
P.R. Krishnaswamy, Director of the Manipal Hospital Diagnostic Services, Bangalore, was quoted during his participation in the National Conference on Diet, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, “Antioxidants are biochemical compounds that protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals which can cause damage to cells that eventually may lead to chronic conditions such as heart disease or cancer. It has been found that a cup of tea has the highest quantity of antioxidants and can help add to the body’s defenses,” he said.
One of a number of studies that link the consumption of tea flavonoids to disease prevention, “Polyphenols: antioxidants and beyond,”1 from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed the protective effects of polyphenol consumption against cardiovascular diseases. In the same study, evidence strongly supports a contribution of tea flavonoid polyphenols to the prevention of cancers and osteoporosis, and suggests a role in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.
Tea Flavonoids – Worldwide Interest and Research
As more studies show favorable results for tea flavonoids, the news spreads around the world and incites further studies. One study, “Effects of Tea Consumption on Nutrition and Health,”2 notes this trend.
Research in northern Italy has suggested a protective effect of tea against oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal cancer, and in Shanghai, frequent consumption of tea has been shown to be associated with a lower incidence of esophageal cancer, especially among those who neither smoke nor consume alcohol.
In Japan, Turkey and central Sweden, researchers are studying the use of tea flavonoids as a protective effect against gastric cancer. And in Iowa, tea was associated with a lower risk for digestive tract cancers and urinary tract cancers in a study of postmenopausal women.
While some of these clinical findings are still in their infancy, there is much excitement surrounding the health benefits of antioxidants and tea flavonoids. So while the world continues to move faster every day, do yourself some good, and take a bit of time to relax your body and mind with cup of tea.
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1. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2005; 81(suppl):215S-7S.
2. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000, 130: 2409-2412.