Compounds which neutralize reactive oxygen molecules by donating or accepting hydrogen atoms, i.e. they suppress free radicals
A class of polyphenols found in tea that are seen as most beneficial to health. Epigallocatechin gallate(EgCg), the main constituent of green tea, may be the most potent of all tea's compounds.
Compounds that naturally occur in fruits, vegetables, and tea. They may modulate free radicals.
Humans cannot survive without oxygen, yet the body is constantly impacted by toxic side effects of normal cell oxidation, resulting in oxidants/free radicals. These molecules are veritable “loose cannons” which circulate through the body and are capable of damaging cellular lipids, proteins, membranes, and DNA.
Chemicals from a plant. “Phyto,” Greek in origin, means “to bring forth,” and is used as a prefix to designate “from a plant.”
polyphenols (a.k.a. tannins)
Compounds abundant in tea, measuring up to 36 percent of dry weight. These compounds possess a series of phenolic rings which readily accept or donate hydrogen atoms, enabling them to function as antioxidants. They may act as “garbage collectors” disposing of mutagens and cancer-causing agents and blocking tumor development.