Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , 29-Jan-2015

February 3, 2015 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

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Oral cancer prevention

 

Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

In vitro findings suggest that EGCG polyphenols cause oxidative damage in oral cancer cell mitochondria, which supply energy to the cells, and then spread to other parts of the cells causing them to die by attacking their antioxidant gene defenses. Healthy cells are not adversely affected and could even see their protective abilities increased. Oral cancer kills over 8,000 Americans every year and affects more than 43,000.

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