Progression of Leukemia Slowed Down by Green Tea

Progression of Leukemia Slowed Down by Green Tea by Debbie Nicholson

In a recent study done by researchers at the Mayo Clinic and which was also presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, has revealed that an extract in green tea possibly can slow down the advancement of the most general type of leukemia.

This latest study consisted of the involvement of forty-two patients enduring early stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CCL). CCL usually progresses at a slow rate with intervals of remission, patients only receive treatment when the disease is actively spreading. All of the participants in this study were not receiving any treatments including radiation or chemotherapy.


The participants received treatment with an extract of epigallocatechin galeate (EGCG). EGCG is an antioxidant belonging to the Catechin family. Catechin is used to refer to the related family of flavonoids and subgroup flavanols. EGCG had produced a major cell decrease in leukemia cell count in greater than two-thirds of the participants. In almost one-third of the participants, the amount of cancerous cells in the blood had decreased by twenty percent. In addition seventy percent of patients who were enduring enlarged lymph nodes had showed a fifty percent reduction in the size of the nodes.

Even though only a comparative phase three trial can actually determine if EGCG can really delay the progression of CLL. Head writer of the study Tate Shanafelt had stated that the benefits they observed in most of the CLL patients who used the chemical does advocate that there is modest clinical activity and possibly can steady CCL, conceivably by slowing it down.

Past studies also have advocated green tea and its compounds producing the possibilities of aiding the fight of other types of cancers such as bladder, colon, stomach and esophagus. In more current studies it has shown it aide in guarding against tooth decay and help with weight loss.

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