Drinking green tea may offer natural protection against inflammatory bladder diseases, say researchers
Drinking green tea may offer natural protection against inflammatory bladder diseases, say researchers.
Bladder disease affects both men and women and can cause frequent, urgent and painful urination and pelvic discomfort.
Experts showed that plant metabolites called catechins found in green tea have antioxidative properties that protect bladder cells from damage.
Scientists exposed normal and cancerous bladder cells to two major catechin components of green tea, epigallocatechin gallate and epicatechin gallate, for 23 hours. They then exposed the cell lines to hydrogen peroxide.
Both catechin components, given at levels that could be attained by drinking green tea, protected cell lines from hydrogen peroxide damage.
Michael Chancellor, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medince, USA, said: "These results indicate herbal supplements from green tea could be a treatment option for various bladder conditions that are caused by injury or inflammation."
But he adds that further research is needed to back up his findings.