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In vitro and in vivo anti-allergic effects of ‘benifuuki’ green tea containing O-methylated catechin and ginger extract enhancement

  • Mari Maeda-YamamotoEmail author
  • Kaori Ema
  • Ikuo Shibuichi
Special Issue JAACT


‘Benifuuki’, a tea (Camellia Sinensis L.) cultivar in Japan, is rich in anti-allergic epigallocatechin-3-O-(3-O-methyl) gallate (EGCG3″Me). ‘Benifuuki’ green tea and simultaneous addition of ginger extract remarkably suppressed cytokine (TNF-α and MIP-1α) secretion from mouse bone marrow-derived mast cells after antigen stimulation and, as expected, suppressed delay-type allergy. After drinking ‘benifuuki’ green tea containing 43.5 mg of EGCG and 8.5 mg of EGCG3″Me, the AUC (area under the drug concentration time curve; min μg/ml) of EGCG was 6.72 ± 2.87 and EGCG3″Me was 8.48 ± 2.54 in healthy human volunteers. Though the dose of EGCG was 5.1 times the dose of EGCG3″Me, the AUC of EGCG3″Me was higher than that of EGCG. A double blind clinical study on subjects with Japanese cedar pollinosis was carried out. At the 11th week after starting the study, in the most severe cedar pollen scattering period, symptoms, i.e., blowing the nose and itching eyes, were significantly relieved in the ‘benifuuki’ intake group compared with the placebo group, and blowing the nose, itching eyes and nasal symptom score, and at the 11th and 13th weeks, stuffy nose, throat pain and the nasal symptom medication score were significantly relieved in the ‘benifuuki’ containing ginger extract group compared with the placebo group. These results suggested that over one consecutive month, drinking ‘benifuuki’ green tea was useful to reduce some of the symptoms from Japanese cedar pollinosis, and did not affect any normal immune response in subjects with seasonal rhinitis, and the ginger extract enhanced the effect of ‘benifuuki’ green tea.


Anti-allergic effect Mast cell Bioavailability Seasonal allergic rhinitis ‘Benifuuki’ green tea O-methylated catechin 





Epigallocatechin-3-O-(3-O-methyl) gallate


Area under the drug concentration time curve


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mari Maeda-Yamamoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kaori Ema
    • 1
  • Ikuo Shibuichi
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Vegetable and Tea SciencesNational Agriculture and Food Research OrganizationShimadaJapan
  2. 2.Products Research & Development LaboratoryAsahi Soft Drinks Co., LtdMoriyaJapan

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