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Tea Leaf Particles Could Destroy Lung Cancer Cells – Scientists

May 07, 2019 / Omolola Famodun

British scientists in a breakthrough study, have found a natural replacement for chemotherapy in lung cancer patients, as they have demonstrated how tiny particles derived from tea leaves can restrain the growth of lung cancer cells, destroying up to 80 percent of them. The researchers from Swansea University’s College of Engineering in the United Kingdom, found that these tiny particles, called “quantum dots,” are 400 times thinner than a human hair, and producing them from tea leaves is safe and non-toxic. Previous studies have established that tea leaves contain a wide variety of compounds, including polyphenols, amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu, lead researcher of the new study explained how their study confirmed previous evidence that tea leaf extract can be a non-poisonous alternative to making quantum dots using chemicals.