Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Green tea improves oxygen flow to tissues

A study recently published in the journal Life Sciences finds that the green-tea catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) "improves oxygen flow to tissues deprived of adequate supply." Oxygen deprivation in cells—known has hypoxia—can slow healing, and is also thought to play an important role in cancer formation. Fight hypoxia, and you could be fighting cancer formation.

That's good news for green-tea drinkers, because EGCG is found only in green tea.

But that doesn't mean we should run right out and buy EGCG extracts.

After all, freshly brewed green tea is known to contain other catechins and many other health-promoting compounds—and who knows what other wondrous compounds remain to be discovered in that cup of green tea.

—Mellow Monk

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