A recently concluded scientific research has recently stated that a compound in green tea offers a potential new solution in combating the joint pain. The compound is also said to resolve inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers affirmed the prospect of the compound when they tested the same in a pre-clinical animal model of human rheumatoid arthritis. In this model, the ankle swelling in animals can be remarkably reduced by applying the compound within a time frame of 10 days. The finds of the researchers are published in the journal named Arthritis and Rheumatology.
The discovery is found to substitute the existing drugs and injections for rheumatoid arthritis that are highly expensive. These drugs are immunosuppressive and not suitable for a long-term application. Green tea is a herbal product that has a compound that might soothe rheumatoid arthritis without any side-effects.
A scientific team of experts evaluated a phytochemical called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is a molecule with anti-inflammatory properties found in green tea. The researchers postulated that EGCG is boosted with high potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis because of the active mechanism of the molecule in blocking the effects of the disease without blocking other cellular functions.
The recently expedited study has opened the gateway of research in the same field with the deployment of EGCG for targeting TAK1, the elementary protein that signals the proinflammatory cytokines transmit their signals to cause inflammation and tissue destruction in rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an incapacitating autoimmune ailment that mostly causes damages to the small joints of the hands and feet. It causes painful swelling that might be worsened into cartilage damage, bone erosion and joint deformity.