Whether living with low or higher risk strains of HPV, the condition often comes with a list of unpleasant symptoms. Genital warts are the most common complaint of those with low to moderate risk HPV, while the risk of cervical cancers with higher risk strains are the most worrisome of all.
The good news is, there are ways to naturally manage your HPV and hopefully help prevent the recurrance of unpleasant symptoms like genital warts as well the diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Green tea extract is one of the many well-evidenced nutrients in Papillex™. Green tea extract is high in compounds called polyphenols which have many medicinal uses in human health, as well as in HPV.
Green tea extract has been used in traditional medicine for centuries with studies now finding benefits of tea compounds in the management and prevention of heart disease, autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and even various cancers. Additionally, compounds in green tea have been studied and found to clear and prevent the recurrence of genital warts caused by HPV.
Green Tea and HPV
Green tea extracts like theanine, polyphenol E and ECGC have all been found to have powerful medicinal properties. Theanine has been studied as a stress-reducer and concentration enhancer (especially when paired with a cup of coffee), while polyphenol E and ECGC have been linked to the clearance of HPV-related genital warts and possibly even the prevention of cervical cancers.
Both compounds help protect cells from oxidative stress and are anti-inflammatory in nature. ECGC and Polyphenol E play a role in the production of T cells and T reg cells, helping to modulate our immune response and fight off viral infections like HPV. These compounds have also been found to aid in stopping the spread of HPV-related cancer cells in the body, inhibiting cervical epithelial and cancer cell growth.
A south Korean study of 51 patients with cervical dysplasia taking 300mg of GTE per day for 8-12 weeks found a reduction of 69% of cervical dysplasia lesions, compared with placebo. Another study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that topical GTE used on genital warts caused by HPV was 2-folds more effective in clearing lesions than in patients who did not use the extract. Additionally, the group using topical GTE avoided recurrence of lesions 12 weeks after treatment.
Does drinking green tea provide the same benefits?
Drinking green tea, while a very healthy addition to your day, is not often enough to treat or prevent HPV-related lesions. In fact it would likely take 20-30 cups per day to achieve desired results (which we obviously would not advise consuming). However, some studies suggest daily moderate to high consumption of daily green tea may play a role in preventing cervical cancer development in someone with HPV, though more research is still needed.
There are two ways in which you can add GTE to your HPV-healing routine. The FDA has approved a topical ointment called ‘veregen’ for the treatment of genital warts caused by HPV. Studies have found that using the topical treatment, combined with an oral green tea extract may be the most beneficial.
Papillex contains the therapeutic dose studied to clear HPV-related lesions and reduce risk of cervical cancer, with the addition of other powerhouse herbs and nutrients also research backed and informed in the management and clearance of HPV. Combing topical and oral green tea extract might just be the dynamic duo you’ve been missing.