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article imageResearch develops green tea antioxidant as a cancer-fighting tool

By Kev Hedges     Oct 7, 2014 in Health
Green tea is well known for its anti-oxidant, cancer-fighting, anti-ageing and anti-microbial wonders; and now a study from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology has used the health advantages of green tea to directly fight cancer cells.
The institute has taken the health benefits of green tea and developed a drug delivery process, which will eradicate cancer cells with great efficiency. The green tea "missiles" make use of the antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate, which has treated many disorders, including cancer.
Now research at the institute has developed a way of using the antioxidant as a type of "nano-carrier" that can deliver the drugs to kill off cancer cells more effectively. The institute believes this is the first time green tea has acted as a material to deliver drugs directly to the cancer cells.
The green tea nano-carrier delivers protein drugs with greater efficiency to the cancer cells, and it's this combination (drug and carrier) that can dramatically reduce tumour growths as well as cancer cells.
Chemotherapy is still the most widely used method of killing off cancer. But this procedure comes with its problems and challenges as treatment seems to often harm the surrounding tissue and organs near to a tumour or cancer-affected area, tissues and organs that are otherwise healthy. The new delivery system developed by the IBN will mean the carriers will act like a sort of homing missile, so that when it reaches the cancer cells, then and only then will it release the cancer-fighting drugs. This leaves surrounding tissues and organs in its healthy state.
At the heart of this carrier is the oligomer of epigallocatechin gallate and the same green tea drug delivery system could also be used for the delivery of active ingredients in home care and nutritional products.
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