Green tea extract may slow leukaemia, researchers have suggested

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An extract taken from green tea reduces cancer cells in the blood of patients with a form of leukaemia and may slow progression of the disease, a conference will hear.

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Published: 8:15AM BST 05 Jun 2010

Green tea leaves: Green tea extract may slow leukaemia, researchers have suggested

Green tea leaves Photo: ALAMY

Researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in America have found that patients in the early stages of the most common form of leukaemia may respond well to taken supplements of a green tea extract.

The chemical, epigallocatechin galeate (EGCG), was found more than two thirds of 42 patients in the trial showed a significant reduction in the number of leukaemia cells in their blood or other signs the cancer was not spreading.

The findings, to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Dr Tait Shanafelt, hematologist and lead author of the study, said: “Although only a comparative phase III trial can determine whether EGCG can delay progression of CLL, the benefits we have seen in most CLL patients who use the chemical suggest that it has modest clinical activity and may be useful for stabilising this form of leukaemia, potentially slowing it down.”….HERE IS MORE

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