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Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais

versão impressa ISSN 1516-0572

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PEREIRA, L.L.S. et al. Activity of glycosidases in the presence of green tea and black tea. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.4, pp.516-518. ISSN 1516-0572.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-05722010000400017.

Several plants have been considered therapeutic products, including green and black tea, popularly used to control hyperglycemia and obesity. This study aimed to evaluate the inhibitory potential of the enzymes α-amylase, α and β-glycosidases, as well as the content of phenolic compounds in green tea and black tea. The concentrations of phenolic compounds found were 80.8 ± 0.43 mg g-1 in black tea and 32.0 ± 0.12 mg g-1 in green tea. Under the tested conditions of use, green and black tea inhibited the enzyme under study. However, after simulation of the gastric fluid, the inhibitor present in green tea lost its action. Black tea no longer inhibited a-amylase and showed unaltered inhibition for α and β-glycosidases. These results suggest that black tea can be helpful in diets restricting carbohydrates.

Palavras-chave : Camellia sinensis; enzymatic inhibition; hyperglycemia; obesity.

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