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Cancer: Drinking this type of tea may stop spread of breast cancer cells, new study shows

CANCER: Groundbreaking new medical research has shown drinking a certain type of tea has the potential to stop the spread of breast cancer stem cells.

The research, carried out by scientists at the Biomedical Research Centre at Salford University, found matcha green tea may help prevent breast cancer cells from spreading. It was discovered the natural compound of matcha green tea can help overcome cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy. According to experts, treatment of breast cancer cells with matcha green tea “shifted cancer cells towards a more quiescent metabolic state”, which essentially prevents the cancer cells from ‘refuelling’. The tea was also found to “effectively inhibit the propagation of cancer stem cells”.

The research has been driven by Katherine Swift, founder of matcha tea company OMGTea.

Katherine's mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2010, spurring Katherine on to do something to help support her through her treatment.

During this time, Katherine became involved in a fundraising campaign for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, supporting the research of genetic and cell biologist Professor Michael Lisanti.

Professor Lisanti’s research highlighted the positive effects of antioxidants - a key component in matcha green tea.

Inspired by this research, Katherine and her mother started drinking matcha green tea, which Katherine says has aided her mother’s recovery.

Cancer: Drinking this type of tea may stop spread of breast cancer cells, new study shows
Research has shown matcha green tea may stop the spread of breast cancer cells (Image: Getty Images)

The research findings come as Katherine appeared on BBC1’s Food: Truth or Scare last Friday, in which she discussed her mother’s story and the impact she believes matcha green tea had on her mum’s recovery.

“I genuinely believe matcha green tea played a part in my mum’s recovery, along with everything else that she did, and part of that is probably to do with the psychological boost she got from taking a bit of control herself,” said Katherine.

The research studied concentrations of matcha green tea similar to the concentration of a regular cup of ordinary tea.

According to the experts, the study also raised the possibility that matcha green tea could be used in place of chemical drugs such as rapamycin.

Following the outcomes of the study, the team of researchers from Salford University are undertaking further research on the anti-cancerous effects of matcha green tea, including clinical trials.

The research was conducted by scientists at Salford University (Image: Getty Images)

Researchers are undertaking further studies into the anti-cancerous effects of matcha green tea (Image: Getty Images)

“Whilst this is still very early stage research, and we are by no means claiming matcha green tea can ‘cure’ cancer, the scientific outcomes do show it has the potential to inhibit the spread of breast cancer stem cells,” said Katherine.

“This is a hugely exciting development, and with further research we aim to discover more about the possible benefits of matcha green tea in fighting cancer cells.”

The research has been published in peer-reviewed journal Aging.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with around 55,000 women diagnosed with the disease each year, according to Breast Cancer Now.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.

Treatment for breast cancer usually involves surgery to remove the cancerous tissue from the breast, followed by radiotherapy, chemotherapy or other drugs to reduce the risk of the cancer returning or spreading.

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