Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Green tea and Sjogren's syndrome

Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is a common autoimmune disorder that affects up to 4 million people in the U.S. alone. It's associated with arthritis, and the most common symptoms include dry mouth and dry eyes, a result of lymphocytes (a kind of white blood cell) clustering in salivary and other glands.

Current treatment for SS is theraputic, i.e., targets the symptoms but cannot reduce or prevent damage to the glands.

However, a study published in the journal Autoimmunity suggests that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and other green tea polyphenols "may provide a degree of protection against autoimmune-induced tissue damage in SS.

—Mellow Monk

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