EGCG: Green Tea Infusions
Green tea has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for serious illnesses. Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, acne and psoriasis are said to be cured by the "green gold". It is also said to strengthen the heart muscle cells and inhibit cardiac arrhythmias. Green tea is also said to slow down chronic inflammatory processes in the central nervous system that occur, for example, in multiple sclerosis.
In their search for cancer-preventing substances, scientists discovered the so-called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is highly contained in green tea. Cancers such as bowel, bladder, breast, stomach, pancreas, lung, esophageal and especially prostate cancer can be lessened by drinking several cups of green tea a day. Studies have shown that the substance EGCG appears to inhibit the formation of blood vessels. This process, known as angiogenesis, is important for tumour growth. When a tumour begins to develop, it develops blood vessels so that it can "dock" to the organism's system and thus supply itself with nutrients. The tumour can only grow if new blood vessels develop in the diseased tissue.
This is where the ingredient EGCG comes into play. The substances contained in green tea can be used to weaken the growth of tumour tissue and inhibit the development of tumours of the prostate, breast and uterus.
For effective prevention, patients would have to drink up to 10 cups of green tea a day - this can be achieved more easily and far more effectively by high-dose infusions with green tea extract.