In a new study, researchers found that matcha green tea could help kill cancer stem cells.
They previously had found that an Earl Grey tea ingredient, bergamot, could kill cancer cells and works as an anti-cholesterol agent.
The research was done by a team from Stanford University.
Matcha green tea is a traditional drink in Japan. It is a natural product used as a dietary supplement.
Previous research has shown that it can provide many health benefits and is helpful for many treatments.
Scientists also have shown that matcha green tea is very high in antioxidants EGCG that helps fight cancer.
It helps remove heavy metals and chemical toxins and improve the immune system.
In the current study, the team found matcha green tea could help kill breast cancer stem cells.
They found that matcha could shift cancer cells towards a quiescent metabolic state and stopped cancer cell spread at a low concentration.
Matcha could also influence the signaling pathways that boost cancer stem cells. This makes the cancer cells cannot get re-fueling and eventually become inactive and die.
The finding supports the idea that matcha has a strong therapeutic potential, mediating the metabolic reprogramming of cancer cells.
The researchers suggest that matcha may be used in chemical drugs to help with cancer treatment.
One study author is Michael Lisanti, a professor of translational medicine at the center.
The research is published in Aging.
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