Green Tea May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk
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Green Tea May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 31 May 2014 - 13:36

The benefits of drinking green tea have far and wide ranging effects on health. It is known to be loaded with antioxidants good for various health conditions like addressing weight loss, metabolism disorders, keeps diabetes in check, to name a few. A new study has found how the consumption of this tea could reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer too.

This new study, published in the journal Metabolomics, has offered an explanation that could open up a new area of cancer-fighting research.  An active compound present in green tea called EGCG, could change the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells, by reducing the expression of an enzyme associated with cancer. "This could alter the course of cancer", said Wai-Nang Lee, MD, corresponding author of the study and a Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) lead researcher, explained.

"Scientists had believed they needed a molecular mechanism to treat cancer, but this study shows that they can change the metabolic system and have an impact on cancer," said Dr. Lee. "By explaining how green tea's active component could prevent cancer, this study will open the door to a whole new area of cancer research and help us understand how other foods can prevent cancer or slow the growth of cancerous cells."

The researchers used sophisticated profiling methods and found that EGCG ( a compound present in green tea), could cause disruption of the balance of pancreatic cancer cells and thereby reduce the risk of the spread of cancer.

These new findings will now help scientists understand the metabolism of cancer cells better, and may help to prevent it. 

 

References:

Journal- Metabolomics -  Metabolic consequences of LDHA inhibition by epigallocatechin gallate and oxamate in MIA PaCa-2 pancreatic cancer cells

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) - Study explains how green tea could reduce pancreatic cancer risk

 

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