Here's some great news for you Green Tea fans out there: a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that an unlikely combination of green tea and gold may help to treat prostate cancer. University of Missouri reseachers found through tests on mice that combining a compound found in green tea leaves with nanoparticles of gold led to the destruction of cancer cells. The particles are tiny enough to destroy the cancer cells while leaving surrounding tissue intact. This new treatment, if applied to humans, would require doses far lower than chemotherapy, according to the researchers.
The green tea compound, epigallocatechin-gallate, or EgCG, is an antioxidant that has previously been suspected of cancer fighting properties. Green tea has also been shown to help with weight loss, diabetes and heart disease in addition to reducing bad cholesterol.
So drink up green tea lovers! You might just be helping to give your body a healthy nudge.