Green Tea May Prevent Cause of Death


Biologists have some good news for tea lovers: A compound in green tea may be able to help your body suppress cancerous tumors and repair damaged DNA.

While there's no surefire way to fight cancer—and certainly, no behavioral change is going to guarantee you a tumor-free life

there are still a few ways you can mitigate your risk of developing it. Some of these ways are well-known

including wearing sunscreen and skipping cigarettes. Other ways may come as more of a surprise, such as getting moving, and yes, even cutting back on the gel manicures.

A new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, found that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound in green tea

an inhibit the processes that deactivate p53, a tumor-suppressing, DNA-repairing protein. 

"The study is great because it helps us find mechanisms of action for why these [green tea's health benefits] are possible,"

He specifies that the study "would not by itself prompt me to start drinking green tea or taking a supplement that includes EGCG.

However, in combination with other studies that have looked at green tea's effects in fighting cancer and other diseases, he concludes

Donaldson points to various studies that indicate green tea's ability to protect drinkers against prostate and breast cancer, as well as studies that show the beverage


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