Stopping Cancer American scientists say that through their research on bladder cancer, they have confirmed that green tea extract can effectively curb the development of cancerous tumors without damaging healthy cells. The research team led by Chinese-American scientists believes that green tea extract may become an effective anti-cancer drug.
The results were published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research on the same day. Rao Jianyu, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the study, said that their results "improved the understanding of the mechanism of action of green tea extract." If people understand the mechanism by which green tea extracts contain tumors, it can be determined which type of cancer patient can benefit from green tea extract.
The researchers wrote in the paper that the development of cancerous tumors is closely related to the proliferation of cancer cells. To move cancer cells, it is necessary to initiate a cellular process called "actin remodeling." Once this process is activated, cancer cells can invade healthy tissues, causing the tumor to spread. Green tea extract can destroy the "actin remodeling" process, causing cancer cells to stick together, their movements are hindered, and it can also accelerate the aging of cancer cells.
Cancer cells are "aggressive," and green tea extracts break the path of "aggression," limiting cancer cells, "localizing" them, making cancer treatment and prognosis relatively simple.
Previously, some research has revealed that green tea extract has an effect on many cancers including bladder cancer, which can cause premature apoptosis of cancer cells and block the blood supply of tumor tissues. Rao Jianyu told Xinhua News Agency that some members of their research team are verifying the efficacy of green tea extract on other cancers such as stomach cancer.
He said that unlike previous studies, the green tea extract they use is very similar to the green tea they drink, which means that regular green tea may have some anti-cancer effect, at least to enhance the body's defense against cancer. However, the researchers also believe that they have only tested a limited number of bladder cancer cell lines, and it is necessary to further study the anticancer mechanism of green tea.
Other scientists commented that the results of this research further confirmed the potential of green tea for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Especially in the treatment of bladder cancer, new results can help identify bladder cancer susceptibility and reduce the incidence.