Antioxidants & Polyphenols in Green Tea Contribute to Its Healing Effects

Published Date : Apr 12, 2016

Functional food and nutraceutical products are witnessing an increasing popularity as their consumption leads to positive impacts on the digestive system, immune system, heart, and joints. The consumption of these products is considered as a preventive measure to reduce the risks of various diseases. Functional food and nutraceutical products are usually available in the form of powders, liquids, tablets, pills, and gel capsules. 

As consumers are increasingly depending on nutraceuticals to meet their daily dietary requirements and are considering the nutraceuticals products as a suitable alternative for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The nutraceutical products are available at drug stores as well as at grocery stores. A recent study has suggested that a green tea product can help heal herpes labialis. Previous research works have pointed out that potent antioxidants termed catechins obtained from the tea plant Camellia sinensis might have positive therapeutic effect on virus infections. Green tea has been used as a medicine since ages. Though it was originated in China, it has been extensively used across Asia. Green tea has a number of positive benefits ranging from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. 

Green Tea Might Heal Herpes

In the study, participants witnessed a significant reduction in clinical episode duration of herpes labialis lesions and shortened stages of ulceration and blistering. The healing effects of green tea can be attributed to the maximum amount of polyphenols and antioxidants present in it. It has been pointed out that green tea is more beneficial than black tea as it is less processed than black tea. Black tea undergoes fermentation that reduces its beneficial effects. The number of health benefits of green tea includes weight loss, cognitive improvement, and prevention of various diseases and conditions such as Parkinson disease, Crohn disease, genital warts, and heart disease.