Green tea compounds support tuberculosis therapy

Effect of green tea extract (catechins) in reducing oxidative stress seen in patients of pulmonary tuberculosis on DOTS Cat I regimen.

This study assessed the effect of green tea catechins in reducing oxidative stress in patients with tuberculosis. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. 200 patients with tuberculosis were enrolled in the study. 100 patients received catechins in addition to antituberculosis treatment. The remaining 100 patients served as the control group and received starch with antituberculosis treatment. The authors concluded that green tea compounds can support the therapeutic management of oxidative stress in tuberculosis patients. More details can be found in the study.
Agarwal A, Prasad R, Jain A. Effect of green tea extract (catechins) in reducing oxidative stress seen in patients of pulmonary tuberculosis on DOTS Cat I regimen. Phytomedicine. 2010 Jan;17(1):23-7.


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