Some studies indicate that the antioxidants in green and black tea are more potent than those found in many fruits and vegetables. Tea also contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to inhibit the production of nitric oxide, which is involved with inflammation.
The best known polyphenol is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), a chemical that has been shown to reduce the activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the key inflammatory enzyme in arthritis. EGCG has also been shown to promote weight loss in some studies.
Up until now, most research has been done on green tea, although black tea is the most widely consumed worldwide. Black tea has comparable antioxidant activity to green tea.
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