The Antifibrotic Effects Of Green Tea
(Green tea is good for your liver too!)
Several studies have shown that lipid peroxidation stimulates collagen
production in fibroblasts and hepatic stellate cells (HSC), and plays
an important role in the development of liver fibrosis.
Hepatoprotective effects of green tea against carbon tetrachloride,
cholestasis and alcohol induced liver fibrosis were reported in many
studies. However, the hepatoprotective effect of green tea in
dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)-induced models has not been studied.
A research article published on November 7, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this. The research team, led by Prof. Hong-Yon Cho from Korea University examined the protective effect of green tea extract (GT) on hepatic fibrosis in a rat HSC line and in a rat model of DMN-induced hepatic fibrosis.
The researchers drew a conclusion that green tea may protect liver cells and reduce the deposition of collagen fibers in the liver. Green tea provides a safe and effective strategy for improving hepatic fibrosis.
Reference: Kim HK, Yang TH, Cho HY. Antifibrotic effects of green tea on in vitro and in vivo models of liver fibrosis. World J Gastroenterol 2009; 15(41): 5200-5205 http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/15/5200.asp
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