Anti-allergic Effects of Castanea crenata Leaf Tea

밤나무 잎차(茶)의 항알레르기 효과

  • Published : 1998.04.01

Abstract

Regarding the characterstics of allergic diseases, preventive and continuous treatment is desirable, and tea would be the one of the best functional food formula for it. Here we report the development of tea processing method for the leaves of Castnaea crenata. Two forms of Castnaea crenata leaf tea were prepared, non-fermented steaming tea and semi-fermented rolling tea. Anti-allergic actions of Castanea crenata leaf tea were asessed by testing their effects on the degranulation of mast cells. For this, hexosaminidase release (degranulation marker) from RBL-2H3 cells (mast cell line) was used. At the concentration of $300\;{\mu}g/mL$ of the water extract, the degranulation of RBL-2H3 cells were inhibited 50.4% and 35.4% by non-fermented steaming tea and semi-fermented rolling tea, respectively. These results suggest that the tea processing method we developed could provide a valuable resource for the treatment of allergic diseases.

Keywords

Castanea crenata leaf tea;hexosaminidase assay;anti-allergic effects