Sip on Green Tea: It Could Protect Those With Bone Marrow Disorders

NDTV Food  |  Updated: February 08, 2017 11:15 IST

Sip on Green Tea: It Could Protect Those With Bone Marrow Disorders
  • Green tea has long enjoyed the status a health benefiting potion
  • It is known to fight a host of diseases and helps achieve good health
  • Green tea can also help lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases
Love sipping green tea? You are doing wonders for your health. This elixir is loaded with miraculous properties that are not only good for detoxifying, weight loss, de-stressing and glowing skin but also in helping you fight the risks of several major diseases. Green tea contains natural agents like catechins, polyphenols and antioxidants that help in effectively carrying out various functions of the body, including fighting against harmful free radicals. It's not without reason that health experts recommend including green tea in one's daily diet. For first timers, it may take a little time to get a hang of the bitter taste, but once you do, you'll be hooked.

Since green tea is a powerful source of antioxidants, it is helpful in shielding the body against different types of cancers and strengthening immunity. A recent study further shows that it could help those suffering from bone marrow disorders. The study was published in Biological Chemistry and suggests that a compound found in green tea may benefit people suffering from bone marrow disorders like multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.

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The American Cancer Society describes multiple myeloma as a type of cancer, "formed by malignant plasma cells. Normal plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system". Amyloidosis, on the other hand, is a rare disease. It occurs when a protein - which is produced in bone borrow - starts building up in the organs. Researchers at the Washington University have found that a polyphenol called epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG) found in green tea can benefit patients suffering from Amyloidosis and multiple myeloma.


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"The team first isolated individual light chains from nine patients with bone marrow disorders that caused multiple myeloma or amyloidosis and then ran lab experiments to determine how the green tea compound affected the light chain protein," reported ANI.

It was found that the polyphenol found in green tea prevents "light chain amyloid" from further accumulating or multiplying. As such regular consumption of green tea can help the patients from worsening the condition.


With inputs from ANI

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