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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

EGCG and Tea

Green tea has been studied and the major component is Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has been demonstrated to stunt the growth of cancer cells. Researchers at the department of chemistry, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Piscataway then wanted to determine whether the EGCG also retarded the growth of normal cells, or whether it exterted its effects on cancer cells alone. They devised an experiment that revealed some of the miraculous properties of EGCG: They found that it stunted cancer cells from colorectal cancer cell lines and breast cancer cell lines, but not normal cells. Therefore it is safe for normal cells but deleterious for cancer. This is indeed a marvelous finding about the health effects of green tea.

  1. "Green tea epigallocatechin gallate shows a pronounced growth inhibitory effect on cancerous cells but not on their normal counterparts." Zong Ping Chen; Schell J. B. ; Ho C.-t.; Kuang Yu Chen. Cancer letters. 1998 Jul 17; vol. 129 (no.2); pp.173-179. (Accessed Nov. 9, 2008.)

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