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Tea Extracts Repair Radiotherapy Skin Damage

Posted: December 8, 2006

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The tea extracts inhibit a key proteasome, which "is at the center of the inflammatory machinery," explained Pajonk. This effect is associated with a reduction in several cells that lead to inflammation.

The researchers also found that the anti-inflammatory effects of the tea extracts did not stem solely from epigallocatechin-gallate, considered the most active component found in green tea.

Pajonk said that there is now a need for additional studies to compare tea extract therapy with standard treatments for radiation-induced skin toxicity.

By Anthony J. Brown, MD, Reuters Health, December 7, 2006