Green tea: definition, processing, properties, polyphenols

What is green tea? Green tea is an infusion of processed leaves of tea plant, Camellia sinensis, a member of the Theaceae family. It is the most consumed beverages in Asia, particularly in China and Japan. Western populations consume black tea more frequently than green tea. However, in recent years, thanks to its health benefits, it […]

Green tea benefits for health

Benefits of green tea: science and myths Tea drinking, particularly green tea, has always been associated, at least in East Asia cultures (mainly in China and Japan) with health benefits. Only recently, the scientific community has begun to study the health benefits of tea consumption, recognizing its preventive value in many diseases. Green tea benefits […]

Polyphenols: definition, structure and classification

CONTENTS What are polyphenols Chemical structure of polyphenols Classification of polyphenols Variability of polyphenol content of plant and plant products References What are polyphenols? Polyphenols are one of the most important and certainly the most numerous among the groups of phytochemicals present in the plant kingdom. Currently, over 8000 phenolic structures have been identified, of […]

Human health and carotenoids

Benefits of carotenoids for human health Carotenoids belong to the category of bioactive compounds taken up with diet, that is, molecules able to provide protection against many diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and macular degeneration. They are also important for the proper functioning of the immune system. Among the mechanisms that seem to be […]

Fruits and vegetables in season

Health benefits of seasonal fruits and vegetables Numerous studies showed that seasonality plays a key role in optimizing the antioxidant properties of fruits and vegetables. For example, a recent Chinese study have investigated the influence of growing season (summer vs winter) on the synthesis and accumulation of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties in five grape […]

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