Scientists have discovered that green tea has a powerful ability to increase the number of regulatory T cells, which play a key role in immune systems.
Principal investigator Emily Ho of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University says that may largely explain other benefits that have already been attributed to green tea, including controlling inflammation, improving immune function and preventing cancer.
“This appears to be a natural, plant-derived compound that can affect the number of regulatory T cells, and in the process improve immune function,” Ho said in a statement. “When fully understood, this could provide an easy and safe way to help control autoimmune problems and address various diseases.”
The study, published in Immunology Letters, found that a green tea compound known as EGCG can cause a higher production of regulatory T cells that, although not as high as made possible by some prescription drugs, poses few concerns about toxicity and long-term use.
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