Bamboo is one of the most valuable, naturally-occurring plants worldwide because its different edible parts contain important nutrients. Bamboo leaves have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating fever and for detoxification for over 1000 years (Zhang and Ding, 1996). In addition, the antioxidants contained in bamboo leaves have been included in China’s National Standards (GB-2760) as a kind of food antioxidant. Published research data show different pharmacological activities of bamboo grass, such as spontaneous motor activity (Nagasawa and Hatorri, 2001) and anti-tumor activity (Tsunoda et al., 1998). Many papers have also indicated that bamboo-leaf extract has multiple biological effects, such as anti-free radical, anti-oxidation, anti- aging, and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
- Bamboo leaves are a rich source of bioactive compounds such as phenols, flavonoids, phytosterols. These bioactive compounds have rich antioxidant activity that have potent health promoting benefits.
- Bamboo leaves can be a very good source of natural antioxidant in the form of beverage.