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Green Tea & Anti-Cancer Effects: Latest Research

September 18, 2012

There are numerous papers recently published which attribute Green Tea polyphenols to some anti-Cancer effect. Green tea catechins (like (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) are known to function as anticancer agents via inhibition of carcinogenesis during the initiation, promotion and progression stages. Many potential mechanisms have been proposed. Although we don’t propose taking Green Tea will cure cancer, and our infusions are not designed to cure any illness, the information below suggests that there could be a bonus over and above what we are proposing in terms of a health functionality with our natural infusions.

Pancreatic Tumours:

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a signal protein produced by cells that stimulates vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. VEGF’s normal function is to create new blood vessels during cancer proliferation. The inhibition of VEGF by EGCG was associated with suppression of neuropilin a protein receptor associated with cancer (Shankar et al).  EGCG also inhibited several other factors.

These data suggest that EGCG inhibits pancreatic cancer tumor growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis. In conclusion, the investigators suggest that EGCG can be used for the prevention and/or treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Lung Cancer:

The precise mechanism of lung cancer prevention by green tea catechins remains unsure.

MicroRNAs (miRs) are a class of nucleotide small non-coding RNAs and play critical roles throughout cellular development and regulation including cancer development. New evidence found by Zhong et al demonstrates that tea catechins influence the expression of miRs in human cancer cells to inhibit tumorigenesis. Results suggest that green tea catechins mediate the inhibition of proliferation of lung cancer cells through the a specific signaling pathway.

Human endometrial cancer:

Results from a study by Manohar et al suggest that Green Tea EGCG inhibits cellular proliferation via inhibiting various pathways and can inducing apoptosis via Reactive Oxygen Species generation and activation of various biochemical agents in endometrial carcinoma cells.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2012 7:30 pm

    In addition to eating healthy and drinking green tea, it is important for all women to know their family history of cancers and discuss them with their physician.

    Endometrial and ovarian cancers can be hereditary. Ovarian cancers are common with the BRCA breast cancer gene and endometrial and ovarian cancers are sentinel cancers in women with Lynch syndrome.

    With genetic testing, regular enhanced cancer surveillance tests occur and cancers are often detected early before becoming life threatening.

    Learn more about women’s hereditary cancers at http://www.lynchcancers.com and at http://www.facingourrisk.org .

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 is National Previvor Day and there are more previvors (women who are at high risk for hereditary cancers but who haven’t gotten a cancer) than ever before! So, celebrate with us and learn more about women’s hereditary cancers.

  2. September 19, 2012 3:45 am

    Reblogged this on shoshanaspa and commented:
    Great Information!

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