The drink that conquers cancer cells

Cancer of the mouth can be a death sentence: Oral cancer kills half of its victims within five years of being diagnosed.

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, oral and oropharyngeal cancers are the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer.

Approximately 53,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019. For more than a decade there has been an annual increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. This is expected to continue as there is no national screening policy or protocol, and the risk factors for the disease continue to be relatively unchanged.

Tea should be celebrated for it’s amazing health benefits.What are those risk factors? The use of tobacco and alcohol and exposure to the HPV-16 virus.

Early detection of oral cancers is imperative for survival, and that makes regular dental visits extremely important.

However, a popular beverage continues to amaze as a potent cancer killer — and its sights are set on fighting oral cancer…

An oral cancer-fighting tea

Research at Penn State shows that a natural chemical found in green tea beneficially attacks proteins in oral cancer cells but does not harm healthy cells.

While other studies have shown that the natural substance — epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) — can destroy cancer, no one understood why. The Penn State research shows that it disrupts the function of cancer cells’ mitochondria, tiny cellular structures that produce energy for cells.

“EGCG is doing something to damage the mitochondria and that mitochondrial damage sets up a cycle causing more damage and it spirals out until the cell undergoes programmed cell death,” says researcher Joshua Lambert. “It looks like EGCG causes the formation of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, which damages the mitochondria, and the mitochondria responds by making more reactive oxygen species.”

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As the mitochondria in the cancer cells attempt to defend themselves against EGCG, the cells are forced to lower their defenses against the body’s immune system and are more likely to be attacked and destroyed by immune cells.

“So, (a cancer cell is) turning off its mechanism of protection at the same time that EGCG is causing this oxidative stress,” Lambert notes.

The Penn State scientists found that EGCG did not cause this to happen in normal, healthy cells. Quite the opposite — EGCG seems to boost the protective abilities of normal cells against harm.

Lambert believes that EGCG is a more effective way to fight cancer than other methods: “The problem with a lot of chemotherapy drugs — especially early chemotherapy drugs — is that they really just target rapidly dividing cells, so cancer divides rapidly, but so do cells in your hair follicles and cells in your intestines, so you have a lot of side effects,” he says. “But you don’t see these sorts of side effects with green tea consumption.”

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.