green tea and curcumin may prevent oral cancer by treating oral potentially malignant disorders

Oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMD) are a group of conditions that affect the inside of the mouth. They increase the risk of cancer. Many oral cancers develop from OPMDs. A safe, simple natural treatment would be incredibly valuable. But is there one?

A study just published in a dental journal offers hope that there actually might be.

Sixty people with OPMDs were divided into three groups of twenty: one got 800mg a day of green tea extract, one got 950mg a day of curcumin and one got a combination of both. The double-blind study lasted for three months.

35% of the green tea group had a clinical response. A better 55% of the curcumin group had a clinical response. But the encouraging news is that 65% of the combination group did: that is a statistically highly significant response.

The researchers point out that green tea extract and curcumin are easy to get, very safe, and provide “an attractive alternative in the chemoprevention of oral cancer.”

Every dentist should know about this potentially exciting study.

J Contemp Dent Pract 2020;21(5):521-531

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