Friday, April 13, 2007

Green tea as a tool to fight malaria?

It's simply amazing how the list of diseases that green tea potentially fights keeps growing longer and longer with each passing day.

Researchers in Italy have added malaria to the list: They found that green tea catechins such as EGCG "strongly inhibit" the growth of Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria.

However, this effect was observed in parasites growing in human red blood cells outside the body; whether this effect occurs inside the body has yet to be verified, although continued research is most definitely warranted, the scientists say.

The above link is to an abstract of the study. You can read the full-length version here.

—Mellow Monk

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