Abstract

Functional foods are foods with positive health effects that extend beyond their nutritional value. They affect the function of the body and help in the management of specific health conditions. Green tea, a time-honoured Chinese herb, might be regarded as a functional food because of its inherent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antimutagenic properties. They are attributed to its reservoir of polyphenols, particularly the catechin, epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Owing to these beneficial actions, this traditional beverage was used in the management of chronic systemic diseases including cancer. Recently, it has been emphasized that the host immuno-inflammatory reactions destroy the oral tissues to a greater extent than the microbial activity alone. Green tea with its wide spectrum of activities could be a healthy alternative for controlling these damaging reactions seen in oral diseases, specifically, chronic periodontitis, dental caries and oral cancer, which are a common occurrence in the elderly population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-250
Number of pages13
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014

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Functional Food
Oral Health
Tea
Mouth Diseases
food
Chronic Periodontitis
Catechin
Mouth Neoplasms
Beverages
Nutritive Value
Health
Dental Caries
Polyphenols
cancer
health
Oxidants
Disease
Chronic Disease
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
management

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine(all)

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In: Geriatrics and Gerontology International, Vol. 14, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 238-250.

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