Green Tea

August 1, 2005 by The Gossip Chic  
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Green Tea

Green Tea

rinking green tea could help in the fight against HIV, research suggests.

rinking green tea could help in the fight against HIV, research suggests.

Scientists found a component called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) prevents HIV from binding to immune system cells come first.

Once EGCG has bound to cells Immune system there is no room for HIV to take hold in its usual form.

But experts said the joint UK and U.S. work, that appears in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, was at a very preliminary stage.

The investigator Mike Williamson of Sheffield University, said: "Our research shows that drinking green tea could reduce the risk of HIV infection and could also slow the spread of HIV.

"It is not a cure, nor is it a safe way to avoid infection, however, we suggest that it should be used in combination with conventional medicines to improve the quality of life of those infected.

"Future research is also ongoing to determine the amount of effect can be expected from different amounts of tea. "

More work needed

Keith Alcorn, executive director of the service Web Aidsmap, said tests on animals would be necessary before any conclusion can be made securely on the potential protective effect of green tea consumption.

"This study only looks at the ability of a chemical in green tea to block HIV binding to CD4 immune cells in the test tube.

"Many substances shown to prevent HIV infection in the test tube turn out to have little or no effect in real life, so I think it's a long way to go before anyone should rely on green tea to protect against infection HIV ".

Lisa Power, head of policy at the HIV charity, Terrence Higgins Trust said: "Condoms keep HIV at bay. All that boosts your immune system is beneficial for people with HIV, but green tea can not be a substitute for proper medication and prevention techniques.

Green Tea has been linked with a positive effect on a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's

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