Have you ever wondered what role does the waste tea leaves play in the treatment of the lung cancer? Let us check it out! The beneficiary effects of the waste tea leaves come forward after an accidental discovery by the researcher’s team. The study involved a group of the researchers from the Swansea University and two Indian Universities. The research team was involved in the creation of the microscopic biomarkers. These microscopic biomarkers were known as the ‘quantum dots’. The ‘quantum dots’ are useful for improving the detection and the imaging of the tumours.
The efforts of the team were to raise the quantum dots luminosity. With this in view, the researchers introduced the leaf extracts of the tea to the particles. The researcher’s team found out that the plant reduced the size of the quantum dots in lieu of increasing the fluorescence. Also, they destroyed more than about eighty percent of the cancerous cells of the lungs on exposure.
Dr. Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu conveyed, “It was very surprising for us. We made a systematic laboratory-based analysis with lung cancer cells, and we got an impressive result. Moreover, when we increased the quantum dot concentration, we saw a corresponding fall in cancer cells,” to The Independent.
When the tea leaf extracts are used to produce the quantum dots, the process becomes cheaper and less poisonous to the healthy and active cells which surround the cancerous cells. Also, the use of the waste tea from the crop in the production of the tea extract could have environmental implications.
Lung cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer. It also accounts for one of the worst survival rates from among the different types of the tumours. The statistics from the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit conveys merely 6.5% of the people diagnosed with Wales disease survive for about five years or more.