EGCG from Green Tea works as well as cancer drug in this cell study
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a chemotherapeutic drug commonly used to treat colon cancer. Scientists from the University of Mississippi Medical Center state that 5-FU has many common side effects because it affects healthy tissue as well as cancerous tumors. In this study the scientists seperately added 5-FU, or EGCG from Green Tea, or Thymoquinone from black seed to a human colon cancer cell line at a sustained rate of delivery. Both EGCG and Thymoquinone caused the destruction of the colon cancer cells i similar to the level acheived by 5-FU. The nutrients also inhibited the growth cycle of the cancerous cells. They also started to work within 24 hours which is also similar to 5-FU.The nutrients may offer a safe alternative treatment for colon cancer according to the researchers. The study is published in the journal Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, 2007;43.
Green Tea Extract and CLA prevent weight gain caused by medication in this report
Antipsychotic medication has a number of side effects and chief among them may be weight gain. Patients on medication for mental health frequently use dietary supplements to prevent drug side effects particularly for aleviating weight gain. The weight gain caused by these drugs can compound psychological distress and hurt compliance. These researchers report on 4 cases of patients with social anxiety disorder that were treated with the drug Seroquel. The patients took CLA and Green Tea Extract and had the unexpected result of not just decreasing weight gain but actually loosing some body fat and improving their lean body mass. The report is published in the May 2007 issue of the journal Lipids in Health and Disease.