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, 2012, 560682

Protective Mechanisms of Green Tea Polyphenols in Skin

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Protective Mechanisms of Green Tea Polyphenols in Skin

Patricia OyetakinWhite et al. Oxid Med Cell Longev.

Abstract

Skin is frequently exposed to a variety of environmental, chemical, and genotoxic agents that contribute to disease and carcinogenesis. Ultraviolet light (UVR) is the main external stress that leads to immunosuppression, oxidative stress, premature aging, and tumor formation. Scientists and health professionals emphasize the importance of prevention strategies to circumvent such unfavorable outcomes. Plant polyphenols are a promising approach to disease prevention and treatment. Green tea is an abundant source of plant polyphenols that exhibit significant antioxidant, chemopreventive, and immunomodulatory effects in protecting the skin.

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Structure of green tea polyphenols.

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