Published on 15/03/2012
Green tea can help bad breath, according to new research.
Scientists from Israel’s Institute of Technology have discovered that antioxidants in tea, called polyphenols, can destroy a number of compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath, tooth decay and mouth cancer.
Writing in the Archives of Oral Technology, they found that green tea polyphenols can ‘abolish halitosis through modification of odorant sulphur components’.
The scientists also concluded that the presence of these polyphenols can reduce the oral cavity, oxidative stress and inflammation caused by the dangerous compounds released by cigarettes.
Green tea is made from the same plant as black tea but processed in a different way, retaining less caffeine and more polyphenols.
The tea has already been hailed for its ability to help prevent cancer and heart disease as well as lowering cholesterol. A recent study showed that green tea could help prevent functional disability in the elderly.
The scientists say they more studies are needed in this field to find out more about the benefits of green tea on oral health.
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