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Arizona Study Examines the Benefits of Green Tea among Female Smokers

Oxidative stress has been implicated as an important modulator of human health and can play a role in both disease prevention and disease development.

[Photo: Dr. Iman Hakim]

Researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the UA Cancer Center conducted a study to determine the effects of high tea consumption on biological markers of oxidative stress that mediate lung cancer risk, including, 8-hydroxydeoxy-guanosine and F2-isoprostanes. The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences.

The investigators completed a six-month randomized, controlled, double-blinded trial in a group of former and current smokers who were randomized to receive green or black tea preparations or a matching placebo.

A total of 146 participants (80 females and 66 males) completed the study. At the end of the 6-month intervention, female smokers in the green tea group showed a 35 percent decrease in DNA damage while female former smokers in the black tea group showed a 26 percent decrease in lipid damage. No significant changes in markers of oxidative stress were observed in men.

“This data confirm our previous findings related to the beneficial effect of green tea on oxidative DNA damage among female smokers,” said lead author Dr. Iman Hakim, dean and professor of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “The significant beneficial effect of black tea on oxidative lipid damage as well as the gender difference merit further studies.”

Hakim, Iman A., Garland L, Harris R, Cordova CA, Mikhael DM and Chow HHS. Modulation of Oxidative Damage by Green and Black Tea: Role of Smoking and Gender in a Randomized Trial. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, 2017.