Green tea could ease some rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
A study reveals that a compound that can be found in green tea can fight the inflammation, joint pain and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
The study was published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology. It was led by researchers from Washington University, according to Science Daily.
Sala-Uddin Ahmed, the lead author of the study said that existing drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are expensive, immunosuppressive and sometimes unsuitable for long-term use. She and the some other scholars assessed a phytochemical called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), which is a molecule that can be found in green tea. This compound has anti-inflammatory properties.
The study showed that EGCG is a potential compound that can treat rheumatoid arthritis. This is because the molecule blocks the effects of rheumatoid arthritis without hindering other cellular functions. The study was confirmed when the researchers conducted an animal study wherein the ankles swelling in animals were reduced when they were given EGCG for 10 days.
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