Research conducted between researchers in India and the University of Swansea in the UK has discovered that nanoparticles in tea leaves can kill cancer cells.
It should be pointed out that this, like many other major scientific discoveries, happened purely by chance. They have done what could possibly be this year’s random discoveries.
Although some careful research is needed on this, we know that these small particles are called “quantum dots” (directly translated; quantum dots). This is a type of nanoparticle that is four thousand times smaller than the width of one of the hairs we have on our head. It is precisely because of their size that they are able to penetrate the pores of cancer cells and kill them with a cytotoxic effect. It can kill 80% of the cell.
What is cancer?
Cancer is the common name for a group of diseases associated with uncontrolled cell division, or tissue that spreads abnormally over other tissue.
Cancer can also be seen as a completely autonomous “guest” by utilizing the body’s tissues, with fatal results.
Nanoparticles in tea leaves: Several benefits
The use of nanoparticles is being studied in various research areas, such as improving the quality and colors of TV screens.
Furthermore, if the studies give positive results, these nanoparticles can be used to detect and identify tumors, thanks to their fluorescent properties when they absorb light energy. However, this is a complicated and costly chemical process that can have side effects.
The researchers created a simple method for producing non-toxic nanoparticles. In doing so, they discovered the effect of these nanoparticles from Camellia sinensis leaves with other chemicals.
Camellia sinensis is a tea-making plant. It came from China and Southeast Asia, and is now growing all over the world. Once upon a time, it was used as an ingredient in more than 50 different Chinese medicines, and along with others, it was used to make green, red or black tea. This is because it is a good source of antioxidants.
Not only can it help cure cancer. It is also useful for other treatments, such as diabetes prevention, fatigue treatment, and bladder problems. In addition, it is a good source of caffeine, iron and protein, as it contains tannins.
After this finding, the researchers began to observe that the nanoparticles in tea leaves like this killed cancer cells.
How the research began and where it is now
The lead researcher in this discovery was Dr. Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu. He is an expert in physics, and is also globally known for his use of nanoparticles. Among other things, he researches the use of nanoparticles in the creation of photoelectric particles through cell division.
Dr. Pitchaimuthu explained that “the surprise came when the particles, at times, stopped the growth of harmful cancer cells.” That was when they realized their find.
However, it is important to emphasize that this does not mean that a high intake of tea will cure or prevent cancer. It is much more complicated than this.
Dr. Pitchaimuthu told BBC News that over the next two years they will be able to test this on humans, and not only that, he also believes that this can be used medically over the next 10 years.
According to Dr. Pitchaimuthu, the next step will be “to carry out the experiments on a larger scale, with the help of other partners. We want to investigate the function of this extract on cancer cells. ”
He added that he also wants to create a business with these “quantum dots” (quantum dots). Through this, he hopes to explore more features, new avenues for exploration and new use of nanoparticles in tea leaves.