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article imageDoes Green Tea Help Keep Aids in Check?

By rob13     Mar 29, 2007 in Health
A new research study suggests that Green Tea may help in the fight against AIDS.
A substance called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) may help the body's immune system fight AIDS. When EGCG binds to immune system cells, this binding process makes it difficult for HIV to take hold as it usually does.
Researcher Professor Mike Williamson, of the University of Sheffield, said: "Our research shows that drinking green tea could reduce the risk of becoming infected by HIV, and could also slow down the spread of HIV.
This research is still in the preliminary stage, and the scientists involved in this study still warn that Green Tea will not be a cure for AIDS. However, these scientist feel that Green Tea can be a valuable asset in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
There is still more work to be done before any conclusive evidence can be made about the benefits of drinking Green Tea, or how much Green Tea needs to be drank in order to have any benefits in fighting HIV.
At this point, the research involves looking at the chemical in Green Tea that binds with the CD4 immune cells in humans. This testing is limited to test tube testing at this stage.
Lisa Power, head of policy at the HIV charity, Terrence Higgins Trust said: "Condoms keep HIV at bay. Anything that boosts your immune system is beneficial for people with HIV, but green tea can't be a substitute for proper medication and prevention techniques."
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