Boosting Macrophagic Activity with the Help of Tea
Macrophages are large phagocytes in the body. They play an essential role in the immune system as they engulf and digest unwanted cellular debris. The good news is that these critical parts of the body can be boosted with the simple consumption of a widely consumed beverage: tea.
Tea contains polyphenols that are observed to have an enhancing effect on the phagocytic activity of macrophage-like cells in the body. A study published in the journal Cytotechnology found that pyrogallol-type green tea polyphenols enhance phagocytic activity through caspase signaling pathways. Japanese researchers affiliated with the National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science in Japan conducted this study.
The researchers observed the effects of different tea polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epicatechin gallate (EGC), epigallocatechin (ECG), epicatechin (EC), catechin (+C), and strictinin. They used VD3-differentiated HL60 cells activated by a variety of immune-boosting substances for their tests. The research results revealed that polyphenols bearing a tri-hydroxylated or pyrogallol B-ring (EGC, EGCG, strictinin, and ECG) raised the phagocytic activity of the cells used in the study. In other words, the pyrogallol type of polyphenols brings about an immunostimulating activity. These polyphenols found in green tea can strengthen the activity of macrophage-like cells that play an essential role in the immune system. Conversely, the EC and +C polyphenols did not exhibit a similar effect.
Look for Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha Green Tea
The polyphenols mentioned above are considered beneficial to the macrophage-like cells in the body and have good concentration levels in green tea. They do not disappear or get significantly diminished even after processing, like in the case of Matcha or finely ground green tea leaves. Of course, the farming techniques, the location of the tea leaves and the quality of processing can affect the final tea product. If you have not tried certified organic ceremonial grade Matcha green tea, we highly recommend you to try it. It is a good source of antioxidant. And, it tastes great in hot and cold water.
Tea has long been regarded as a drink beneficial to overall health. It’s good to know that it also plays an essential function in enhancing phagocytosis so the immune system can more easily handle intruders in the body.