Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Green tea kills oral cancer cells
About the author: 

The good news about green tea just keeps coming

The good news about green tea just keeps coming. This week researchers have discovered that a compound in the tea kills oral cancer cells, while leaving healthy ones alone.

The compound-EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate)-seems to trigger cell death in the cancer cells, and yet doesn't do the same to healthy ones. It also seems to be smarter than chemotherapy drugs, say researchers from Penn State Centre, who have been testing the compound on cancer and healthy cells in the laboratory.

"The problem with a lot of chemotherapy drugs-especially early chemotherapy drugs-is that they really just target rapidly dividing cells. Cancer divides rapidly, but so do cells in your hair follicles and cells in your intestines, so you have a lot of side effects. But you don't see these sorts of side effects with green tea consumption," said Joshua Lambert, lead researcher.

(Source: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2014; doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201400485)


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved