June 6, 2012
-- Of course if you are going to the beach, playing tennis or just going for a long walk then there is no better mantra than `slip, slop, slap’ which reminds us to slip on long sleeved clothing, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.
However for normal day-to-day living green tea can provide considerable protection against the harmful effects of sun light. Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Scientific studies suggest that EGCG and green tea polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may help prevent the onset and growth of skin tumors.
The current practice of introducing phytochemicals to support the immune system or fight against diseases is based on centuries old traditions. Nutritional support is a recent advancement in the domain of diet-based therapies; green tea and its constituents are one of the important components of these strategies to prevent and cure various malignancies. The anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic activities of green tea were highlighted some years ago suggesting that it could reduce the prevalence of cancer and even provide protection. The pharmacological actions of green tea are mainly attributed to polyphenols including epigallocatechin-
3-gallate (EGCG), epicatechin, epicatechin-
3-gallate, epigallocatechin. Green tea and its components effectively mitigate cellular damage arising due to oxidative stress. Green tea is supposed to enhance humoral and cell-mediated immunity, decreasing the risk of certain cancers, and may have certain advantage in treating inflammatory disorders. Much of the cancer chemopreventive properties of green tea are mediated by EGCG that induces apoptosis and promotes cell growth arrest, by altering the expression of cell cycle regulatory proteins, activating killer caspases, and suppressing nuclear factor kappa-B activation. Besides, it regulates and promotes IL-23 dependent DNA repair and stimulates cytotoxic T cells activities in a tumor microenvironment. It also blocks carcinogenesis by modulating the signal transduction pathways involved in cell proliferation, transformation, inflammation and metastasis. The review is intended to highlight the chemistry of green tea, its antioxidant potential, its immunopotentiating properties and mode of action against various cancer cell lines that showed its potential as a chemopreventive agent against colon, skin, lung, prostate, and breast cancer.
Green tea is now an acknowledged cancer preventive in Japan. This paper discusses several important features of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the main constituent of green tea and tea polyphenols. EGCG and other tea polyphenols inhibited growth of human lung cancer cell line, PC-9 cells with G2/M arrest. 3H-EGCG administered by p.o. intubation into mouse stomach revealed that small amounts of 3H-activity were found in various organs where EGCG and green tea extract had previously demonstrated their anticarcinogenic effects, such as skin, stomach, duodenum, colon, liver, lung and pancreas. Cancer onset of patients who had consumed over 10 cups of green tea per day was 8.7 years later among females and 3.0 years later among males, compared with patients who had consumed under three cups per day. The mechanisms of action of EGCG were briefly discussed with regard to inhibition of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) release.
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