Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016

Green tea compound can reduce joint pain


Many people have problem with their joints and they always claim for it. Now here is a remedy for it, a compound in green tea can give a possible new approach to fighting the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage which are due to rheumatoid arthritis.

The researchers of the study have affirmed their results in a pre-clinical animal model of human rheumatoid arthritis, where they experimented that ankle swelling in animals provided the compound in a 10-day treatment plan was markedly lessen.

This finding was cited in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology.

Salah-uddin Ahmed, who is the lead researcher from Washington State University in Spokane, US, stated that “Existing drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are expensive, immunosuppressive and sometimes unsuitable for long-term use,”

The research team assessed a phytochemical named epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is a molecule with anti-inflammatory characteristics discovered in green tea.

The researchers of the study discovered that EGCG has elevated possibility as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis for the reason that of how successfully the molecule blocks the consequences of the disease without blocking other cellular works.

Ahmed further stated that “This research study has opened the field of research into using EGCG for targeting TAK1 – an important signaling protein – through which proinflammatory cytokines transmit their signals to cause inflammation and tissue destruction in rheumatoid arthritis,”

Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating autoimmune disorder that generally affects the minute joints of the hands and feet.

It can be a reason for painful swelling that growth into cartilage damage, bone corrosion and joint irregularity.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.