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Leukemia (CLL) and Green Tea: Study Shows Promise!

Updated on March 10, 2012
Green tea contains a remarkable substance: EGCG.
Green tea contains a remarkable substance: EGCG.

Green Tea & Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

The Mayo Clinic was the first to experiment with green tea and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). They found that EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), that's found in green tea holds promise in treating the condition.

Now they've done a second study that they presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The results, once again are positive.

2,000 milligrams of EGCG was given to participants of the study, twice daily, for up to six months.

Green tea leaves.
Green tea leaves.

CLL, Green Tea & The Results of the Mayo Clinic Study...

After six months of the EGCG regimen, participants who had early stage CLL, had a 20% or greater reduction in blood leukemia count and in those who suffered from enlarged lymph nodes, 69% saw a reduction in node size by at least half. 

The participants experienced very mild side effects from the EGCG treatment. In other words, it was well tolerated. 

The key to green tea supplementation is to determine the amount of EGCG it contains.
The key to green tea supplementation is to determine the amount of EGCG it contains.

Green-Tea Supplements Are NOT Created Equal: CAUTION!

The key to this study is the ECGC found in the green tea. If you decide to supplement with it, check the label to determine the amount of ECGC contained. That's key! 

Take note that the participants in this study were given 2,000 milligrams of ECGC, twice daily. 

You would need to drink a lot of green tea to get the benefit of EGCG.
You would need to drink a lot of green tea to get the benefit of EGCG.

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

The EGCG found in green tea has numerous health benefits, and now we know that it can benefit those with CLL.

Do some research so that you can understand and benefit from EGCG. It's a wonderful substance and one that I take every day!

CAUTION: If you have CLL and want to supplement with EGCG, please visit your doctor first to discuss your options. It's important to discuss all new treatments and therapies with your health-care professional before proceeding.

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Green tea is said to have many health benefits. Thanks for sharing this useful information.


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