Compounds in green tea is believed to kill cancer cells mouth, but did not participate kill other cells that are still healthy.
Scientists from Penn State University, USA, found that a compound in green tea is able to target the abnormal cells. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found in green tea that can kill cancer cells without damaging normal cells mouth. Each gram contains 30-50 grams of green tea EGCG.
Polyphenol compounds in green tea also help target the mitochondria of cells and reduce the protective ability of cancer cells.
Mitochondria are the “powerhouses” or parts of cells that is responsible for converting sugar and oxygen into energy, which is necessary for the proper functioning of the cell can.
“It seems that EGCG plays a role in damaging mitochondria, and continues to produce cycles that cause more damage to cell death again,” said Joshua Lambert, one of the researchers.
In this study, the researchers looked at the growth of cancer cells and normal cells that had been given EGC on a petri dish. The results showed that EGCG directly affected sirtuin 3 (SIRT3) is an important protein that stimulate mitochondrial function and the antioxidant response.
Another benefit of EGCG is an antioxidant that is 10 times more powerful than antioxidant vitamins C and 100 times more potent than vitamin E.
In June last year, Wai-Nang Lee of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute found that EGCG can inhibit the activity of LDHA, an enzyme associated with pancreatic cancer.
In addition, the data show that drinking green tea regularly can help improve mental health, fight diabetes, help with weight loss, treat gum disease and is able to control cholesterol. Green tea has also been proven effective in the fight against breast cancer, ovarian, colon, skin, stomach, lung and bladder.