Green Tea and Skin Photoprotection

May 6, 2003 | Contact Author | By: Santosh Katiyar and Craig Elmets, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Keywords: green tea polyphenols | epigallocatechin-3-gallate | skin photoprotection | solar ultraviolet radiation

Abstract: Chronic exposure of solar ultraviolet (UV) light to human skin is responsible for various skin disorders. Treatment with polyphenolic compounds from green tea has been shown to prevent UV light-induced skin photodamage in laboratory animals and human skin

Because of its characteristic flavor and pharmacological properties, tea (Camellia sinensis) is, after water, the most popular beverage consumed worldwide. Tea is manufactured from the leaf and bud of the plant and is commercially available in two main forms: green and black.1-4 Of the total tea production, about 80% is consumed as black tea, primarily in Western countries and some Asian countries, while about 20% is consumed as green tea, mostly in Asian countries.1-4