Green tea extract touted as cancer cure

Green tea extract ‘eradicates cancer tumours’

The University of Strathclyde team made 40 per cent of human skin cancer tumours disappear using the compound, in a laboratory study.

Green tea has long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties and the extract, called epigallocatechin gallate, has been investigated before. However, this is the first time researchers have managed to make it effective at shrinking tumours.

The lab test on one type of human skin cancer showed 40 per cent of tumours disappeared after a month of treatment, while an additional 30 per cent shrank.

Dr Julie Sharp, from Cancer Research UK, said: “A few studies have shown that extracts from green tea may have some effect on cancer cells in the lab but this has not yet been backed up by research in humans.”
She added: “It’s far too soon to say if enjoying a cup of green tea has any wider benefits in combating cancer but we know that a healthy balanced diet can help to reduce the risk.”

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This may be just another twist on chemotherapy. But note the hype in the title “eradicates cancer tumours”. This was not done in humans. This was in the lab (in vitro). Watch for manufacturers of green tea products to utilize this positive spin for marketing. As this article noted, just drinking green tea IS NOT the same. But, they may market the extract as a cancer treatment alternative. And that’s bad medicine.

  2 comments for “Green tea extract touted as cancer cure

  1. Vin
    August 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    One could argue, that, even though Green Tea is mostly Placebo (you’d prob have to drink a few hundred litres a day to have a noticeable effect), the ‘Health Benefit’ lies in the fact that, when you are drinking large quantities of relatively harmless Green Tea, you’re not pickling your Liver and Kidneys by scuzzling down alco-pops and ‘energy’ drinks……just my bit of flawed logic for the day 😀

  2. Gary
    August 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Also, Green Tea is probably not often drunk on the run, but sitting quietly, which is a stress reducer.

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