The Chinese egalacea tea has long been a favorite of cancer patients and cancer researchers.
But recently, scientists have been trying to find ways to use the tea’s natural anti-inflammatory properties to help fight cancer, especially brain and kidney cancers.
“The results are promising, and we have shown in lab experiments that we can inhibit both tumor cell growth and apoptosis in human cancer cells,” said Zhongjia Wang, a PhD student at Northwestern University and a co-author of the study published in the journal Science.
The findings could have significant implications for the future treatment of cancer, said Michael McArthur, a professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine who was not involved in the research.
“We think that this tea is not only a great treatment for brain cancer, but it’s also a very potent anti-oxidant, which is important in the treatment of brain cancer,” he said.
The Chinese tea contains more than 300 different chemicals, according to the researchers.
Many of these compounds are found in tea, coffee, tea leaf extract, and even cocoa.
“It is possible that the compounds in the tea might play a role in the development of cancer,” McArthur said.
In their study, the researchers analyzed the compounds present in tea and tea extract and then found that there were several compounds that were significantly more potent in the cancer cells than they were in the healthy cells.
This suggested that the tea itself could have a role to play in suppressing cancer cells.
Wang and McArthur say their research has led to further studies, but they also want to make sure that the anti-cancer compounds in tea are the same ones that they found in cancer cells before using them in a lab.
Wang is also studying the effects of tea on the immune system, and McAvoy hopes that his findings will lead to better ways to fight cancer.
“The research so far is really interesting, but we need more data to really know if the tea is a viable therapeutic for cancer,” said McArthur.
“We would like to test this tea in clinical trials, and then, maybe, the results could be helpful for the treatment or prevention of cancer.”
What’s in a tea?
The tea is usually brewed in a single cup, but this tea has different tea-making methods, and it can be brewed in batches.
The tea usually contains at least 30 to 50 different components, and the components can include: Green tea (Green Tea Extract)