Tea in Health and Disease Prevention

1st Edition

Editors: Victor Preedy
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123849373
eBook ISBN: 9780123849380
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th October 2012
Page Count: 1612
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While there have been many claims of the benefits of teas through the years, and while there is nearly universal agreement that drinking tea can benefit health, there is still a concern over whether the lab-generated results are representative of real-life benefit, what the risk of toxicity might be, and what the effective-level thresholds are for various purposes. Clearly there are still questions about the efficacy and use of tea for health benefit.

This book presents a comprehensive look at the compounds in black, green, and white teas, their reported benefits (or toxicity risks) and also explores them on a health-condition specific level, providing researchers and academics with a single-volume resource to help in identifying potential treatment uses. No other book on the market considers all the varieties of teas in one volume, or takes the disease-focused approach that will assist in directing further research and studies.


Key Features

  • Interdisciplinary presentation of material assists in identifying potential cross-over benefits and similarities between tea sources and diseases
  • Assists in identifying therapeutic benefits for new product development
  • Includes coverage and comparison of the most important types of tea – green, black and white


Nutritionists, Food microbiologists and toxicologists, food scientists and technologists, and pharmacologists

Table of Contents




Section 1: Tea, Tea Drinking and Varieties

Chapter 1. The Tea Plants: Botanical Aspects


Classification in Camellia

Methods of Distinguishing Types of Tea

Morphological Traits

Cytological Markers

Chemical/Biochemical Traits

Molecular Markers


Summary Points


Chapter 2. Green Tea: The Plants, Processing, Manufacturing and Production


The Plants: Botanical Classification and Distribution


Tea Harvest: Plucking and Seasons


Chemistry and Biochemical Changes During Green Tea Processing

Storage, Preparation and Flavor

Global Green Tea Production

Summary Points


Further Readings

Chapter 3. White Tea: The Plants, Processing, Manufacturing, and Potential Health Benefits


Historical Perspectives

Processing and Manufacturing of White Tea

Varieties of White Tea

Health Benefits of White Tea

Summary Points


Further reading

Chapter 4. Black Tea: The Plants, Processing/Manufacturing and Production


The Tea Plant



Summary Points


Chapter 5. Pu-erh Tea: Botany, Production, and Chemistry


Botany and Biogeography

Production and Preparation

Chemistry and Health

Summary Points


Chapter 6. Tea Flavanols: An Overview



Biosynthesis of Flavanols



Why are there Flavanols in Camellia sinensis and not in Aspalathus Linearis?

Summary Points


Chapter 7. Analysis of Antioxidant Com


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About the Editor

Victor Preedy

Victor R. Preedy BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSB, FRSPH, FRCPath, FRSC is a senior member of King's College London. He is also Director of the Genomics Centre and a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Professor Preedy has longstanding academic interests in substance misuse especially in relation to health and well being. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a founding member of the Editorial Board of Addiction Biology. In his career Professor Preedy was Reader at the Addictive Behaviour Centre at The University of Roehampton, and also Reader at the School of Pharmacy (now part of University College London; UCL). Professor Preedy is Editor of the influential works The Handbook Of Alcohol Related Pathology, The Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse and The Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies (all published by Academic Press-Elsevier). Professor Preedy graduated in 1974 with an Honours Degree in Biology and Physiology with Pharmacology. He gained his University of London PhD in 1981. In 1992, he received his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists and in 1993 he gained his second doctoral degree (DSc). Professor Preedy was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology in 1995 and also as a Fellow to the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000. He was then elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (2004) and The Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (2004). In 2009, Professor Preedy became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and in 2012 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. To his credit, Professor Preedy has published over 600 articles, which includes peer-reviewed manuscripts based on original research, abstracts and symposium presentations, reviews and numerous books and volumes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Dietetics, King's College London, UK