EGCG in green tea can help fight arthritis

Q.  Recently a phytochemical called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is found to have high potential as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It is generally found in
- Published on 19 Feb 16

a. Green Tea
b. Tea
c. Black Tea
d. Lemon Tea

ANSWER: Green Tea
  • A compound in green tea may offer a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Existing drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are expensive, immunosuppressive and sometimes unsuitable for long-term use.
  • A phytochemical called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is a molecule with anti-inflammatory properties, is found in green tea. The researchers found that EGCG has high potential as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis because of how effectively the molecule blocks the effects of the disease without blocking other cellular functions.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating autoimmune disorder that mostly affects the small joints of the hands and feet. It causes painful swelling that progresses into cartilage damage, bone erosion and joint deformity.

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