Common Name   :Green Tea

Plant Parts Used  :Leaves

Description         :

The leaves of Camellia Senesis are small of length 5.5 - 6.1cm by width 2.2 - 2.4 cm and the trunk of the tree is the bush type. The cultivars of this type can survive in winter as cold as -12'C and are cultivated in the temperate regions.
Characteristics and Constituents

The major constituent is Polyphenols. The other constituents are carotene, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid and ascorbic acid, malic acid, oxalic acid kaempferol, quercetin, theophylline, theobromine xanthine, hypoxanthine, adenine, gums, dextrins and inositol.

Actions and Uses :

There is a growing body of evidence that green tea and the polyphenols therein, possess inhibitory effects against cancer and act as powerful antioxidants. Polyphenols with their natural antioxidant ability are widely used for the prevention of oxidation of edible oils or discoloration of reddish color in foods.

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