Green tea may increase birth defect risk

 作者:庄肌     |      日期:2019-03-02 04:06:02
WHILE green tea can protect against some cancers, women hoping to become pregnant should choose a different drink. Roger Thorneley at the John Innes Centre near Norwich, UK, and his colleagues at the University of Murcia in Spain have discovered why regular green tea drinkers have a low incidence of gastric and oesophageal cancers – and why some studies suggest it increases the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. The researchers found that the anti-cancer compound in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, works by blocking the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase,