Green Tea Can Reduce the Risk of One Type of Killer Cancer

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If it seems like you’ve been hearing about the health benefits of green tea every time you turn around, there is good reason for it. This might very well be the healthiest drink known to mankind! Many people believe that green tea, as well as its extracts, have great promise as a possible treatment for cancer but, up until now, scientists have never been quite able to identify exactly how green tea helps to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

In a study published online, researchers from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, explain exactly how an active ingredient in green tea actually changes the way cancer cells metabolize.

A powerful antioxidant in green tea called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) affects the enzymes that are critical to pancreatic cancer cells. Researchers discovered that EGCG interrupts the cellular metabolic process of this cancer. Earlier studies showed that EGCG induced cell death in pancreatic cancer.

Metabolism is something that occurs in all cells that extract and then use energy. This keeps cells alive, multiplying, and growing. This process works for both normal cells and cancer cells. EGCG interrupts the metabolic process.

Various other studies have shown that EGCG can also:

  • Prevents the growth of triple negative breast cancer cells
  • Restricts androgen independent prostate cancer
  • Prevents the growth of cervical cancer cells
  • Shows it can restrict the activity of colorectal cancer cells

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