Black and Green Tea Index

Green Tea Cancer & Arthritis

More Evidence on Green Tea

A new study by a team of Swedish researchers adds support to the growing body of evidence that green tea contains compounds that fight cancer. Drs. Yihai Cao and Renhai Cao of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which helps inhibit blood vessel growth. This could be useful in preventing tumors from forming new blood vessels, which they need to  survive. In a study on mice, the researchers also found animals fed green tea showed a 55-percent to 70-percent reduction in blood vessel development in the cornea of the eye, a finding that could prove helpful to diabetics
suffering from  retinopathy, researchers say. 


Other studies have shown EGCG blocked an enzyme needed for cancer cell growth and kept cells from becoming cancerous without harming surrounding healthy cells. The researchers point out heavy consumption of green tea may not be beneficial for women who are pregnant or for people recovering from wounds, conditions that both require blood vessel development. 


Green Tea Battles Arthritis

Antioxidants found in green tea may reduce the severity and even prevent symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The antioxidants, called polyphenols, appear to possess
more antioxidant potency than some vitamins. Researchers also point out there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that people living in India, China and Japan -- where green tea consumption is high -- have lower rates of rheumatoid arthritis.


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