Professor Declan Naughton, from the Faculty of Science, worked with Neal's Yard Remedies to test the health properties of 21 plant and herb extracts. They discovered all of the plants tested had some potential benefits, but were intrigued to find white tea considerably outperformed all of them.
White tea had anti-ageing potential and high levels of anti-oxidants which could prevent cancer and heart disease. Results also showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing. These enzymes, along with oxidants, are associated with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr Pauline Hili, technical director for Neal's Yard Remedies comments:
"We are really excited by this research as it helps us to remain innovative and at the cutting edge of natural skin care. Celebrating the plants used in the Neal's Yard Remedies products and understanding their specific actions on the skin is what it is all about. The Kingston University research programme helps us to create safe, highly effective and cutting-edge products so it's an ideal partnership for us."