Tannins from Foods to Combat Diseases
Tannins are a group of phytochemicals found to be present in various concentrations in many fruits and vegetables consumed by human. Studies reveal that the phytoconstitutents belonging under the umbrella of tannins possess potent antioxidant activity; some exhibit radical scavenging activity as well. Studies also showed the presence of tannins in various pharmacologically potent leaves, barks and fruit extracts. Proper experimental and clinical evaluation of the protective activity of tannins from foods in various oxidative stress mediated pathological conditions can pave a new path for mankind in development of modern drugs and designing new and alternative pharmacological agents. On the other hand, inclusion of recommended fruits, beverages, leaves etc. containing tannins in one’s daily diet can help to prevent and also combat various types of health ailments, the underlying mechanism being the radical scavenging and antioxidant potential of tannins.