The Botanical Center for Age-Related Diseases at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, INB, held a one-day symposium with regard to new research on green tea and other herbs for the prevention of cancer.
It is heartening to know that studies were conducted not too long ago, with regard to green tea. It was a revelation that was extremely exciting, when it was confirmed that poly phenols (plant compounds with antioxidant properties) found in green tea, held a great deal of promise in the way of treating inflammation, slowing the aging process of the brain, and most importantly, preventing cancer.
What was most interesting was the latter. The benefits of green tea is attributed to its antioxidant activity. James Morre, PhD., and Dorothy Morre, PhD. have successfully identified a cancer-causing agent in cells that they have labeled tNOX, which is the real target for the poly phenolic substance in green tea. It prevents cells from getting larger, so that they do not divide, but, instead, die off by means of a process known as apoptosis or programmed cell death. The process inhibits the cancer before it starts. In other words, it prevents cancerous cells from multiplying, but leaves normal cells alone.
Green tea products can be obtained in time-release capsule form. More advanced research continues to be conducted on the benefit that is derived from green tea. Another good thing about green tea is that it does not have any toxicity, nor is it expensive. While on the subject of green tea, it should also be noted that there is also a great deal of research on the benefit of other herbs containing poly phenols, particularly ginger, turmeric and boswellia, mostly used in Ayurvedic medicine, a 5,000-year old medical system of India. Most herbal studies are being conducted in Germany, where there are regulations that promote testing.