Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Tea lotion could stop skin cancer

A nice cuppa may be a treat at the end of the day - but tea could also be the basis for a lotion to fight skin cancer.

Early tests on animals have suggested tea can stop ultraviolet light rays damaging the skin.

The researchers, who presented their findings to a meeting of the American Chemical Society, say drinking tea could give the same benefits as a cream.

But they say people would have to drink 10 cups a day to get the same effect.

Tea contains chemicals called polyphenols which the researchers from the University of Minnesota say appear to block the formation of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Source BBC News



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