TEA TIME: For years, doctors and scientists alike have touted the benefits of Green Tea. The positive effects of green tea can extend to just about everything from visible signs of aging, high cholesterol and weight loss to Alzheimer’s, HIV and cancers such as mesothelioma.
According to the American Cancer Society, malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in the cells that line certain parts of the body, most commonly the lungs and stomach. Mesothelioma also can occur in the heart and testicles.
Green tea contains large quantities of an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG); no other form of tea only GREEN TEA. It has been discovered that EGCG caused cell death in five different human mesothelioma cell lines. Another significant finding was the breakdown of certain cell components as a result of stress induced by EGCG. This breakdown is known as autophagy. The mesothelioma cell lining, although damaged by the autophagy triggered by the ECGC, sustained effects more severe when the autophagy was suppressed.
The concept of green tea fighting malignant mesothelioma is not a new one. Last year The Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published the findings of a Japanese team which stated that “EGCG is selectively cytotoxic to malignant mesothelioma cells..” In 2007 Researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California at Los Angeles discovered that a green tea extract remodeled a certain protein in lung cancer cells that made the cells more likely to group and stay together and significantly less likely to spread.
The only possible NEGATIVE associate with green tea has been caffeine. According to the Mayo Clinic more than 500 to 600 mg a day of caffeine may cause insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat and or muscle tremors. However, nearly every brand on the grocery store shelf carries a decaffeinated green tea. Therefore, the issue of caffeine is really a non-issue.
It has not been claimed to be the illusive cure for cancer or mesothelioma, but it appears that green tea kills cancer cells and inhibits the growth of additional cancer cells. The antioxidant in green tea is just about 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E. Consult your doctor to determine if green tea could have any medical benefits to you.
Cancer Cell International – EGCG induces human mesothelioma cell death by inducing reactive oxygen species and autophagy
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