Green tea polyphenols and cancer: biologic mechanisms and practical implications

Nutr Rev. 1999 Mar;57(3):78-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1999.tb06927.x.

Abstract

Polyphenolic compounds in fruits and vegetables have been associated with lower risk of some diseases, including cancer. Recent research has shown that the polyphenolic antioxidants in green tea possess cancer chemopreventive effects. This review discusses the cancer chemopreventive effects associated with green tea and the molecular mechanisms that underlie the broad anticarcinogenic effect of polyphenols in green tea.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / pharmacology
  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell Cycle / drug effects
  • Flavonoids*
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Phenols / pharmacology
  • Phenols / therapeutic use*
  • Polymers / pharmacology
  • Polymers / therapeutic use*
  • Polyphenols
  • Tea / chemistry*
  • Tea / history

Substances

  • Anticarcinogenic Agents
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Polymers
  • Polyphenols
  • Tea