A Compound in Green Tea Can Increase Regulatory T-cells – Cells Required For Immune System Functioning!
According to a new research conducted by a team of researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University, a compound called EGCG (a polyphenol) present in the green tea has the ability to elevate the numbers of regulatory T-cells, a type of immune system cells required for its proper functioning and autoimmune disease suppression.
Although drugs are available that have the same effects as that of this compound their long-term usage could be toxic to the body.
Immune system cells which are of several different types play the role of attacking foreign bodies without causing damage to the bodies own cells during a disease condition. But, in autoimmune diseases, these immune cells attack the body’s own cells.
In this study which involved laboratory mice, the number of regulatory T-cells increased rapidly in liver and spleen after the animals were treated with EGCG and helped in controlling the immune response.