“Researchers have found that two common compounds – green tea catechins and resveratrol – reduce the formation of Alzheimer’s plaques in neural cells.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
The green tea extract epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and resveratrol are members of the phytonutrient category. Also known as phytobiologicals, these types of substances are found exclusively in plants. When supplemented or consumed in food they provide numerous health benefits.
EGCG has multifaceted actions in the control and prevention of cancer. It works in synergy with other micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, and proline in simultaneously controlling multiple mechanisms in the growth and spread (metastasis) of this disease. Studies conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have proven that a specific micronutrient combination containing EGCG is effective in preventing the spread of cancer and the growth of new blood vessels to tumors (angiogenesis).
Resveratrol is perhaps best known for its anti-aging properties. Most of these can be attributed to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Resveratrol is also proven to have anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-hypertensive actions. One of the proposed mechanisms of action of resveratrol may be that it affects the energy production pathways within the cells by preventing degradation of a specific molecule known as Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP).