Smelly lunch tiger mum bubble tea the subtle traits that might have made it a different animal are lost on us as a species – and in the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time worrying about them

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Smelly lunch tiger mum bubble tea the subtle traits that might have made it a different animal are lost on us as a species – and in the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time worrying about them.

We’v??? ???e all seen them on our televisions. We know what they look like. We have photographic memory – we recognise them. What we haven’t considered is what they taste like – or what their significance for our species might be.

In this study, a group of British researchers from the Universities of Brighton and Cambri??? ??? ???dge have discovered a new ingredient to our favourite bubble tea mix – a compound that’s only found in some Asian tea. It’s a tea compound known as guaiacol that’s known to treat malaria, reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and even protect against cancers and autoimmune diseases. But it’s even more intriguing given that, for the first time, researchers are looking into how tea might even be an effective anti-cancer treatment.

Guaiacol works through the bodies’ natural defences – ???? ???known as pheromones, which are released by insects. When a leaf is shaken, some of them are released into the air, creating a smell that attracts all of our bugs.

The more of these pheromones a leaf has, the more likely it is to attract insects. And that’s not all. The smell of these insects attracts bacteria – which then makes bacteria eat off the plant (and in the process, convert the plant into guaiacol – a valuable ingredient for tea.) That’s how the researchers at the universities of Brighton and Cambridge came to discover guaiacol.

But even more amazing than how it works is how easily it can be extracted. That’s because the secret lies not with the chemicals that these bugs produce – as many plant biochemists believe, they do. Instead, it is that the leaves in our favourite bubble tea are made up of thousands of compounds, each with a different molecular structure. So, to extract this complex chemical, we need to get a molecule made of different molecules.

So, what does tea do for cancer?

One of the most recent studies published in the journal PLOS ONE looks at the potential anti-cancer properties of green tea with animal models of various cancers in mice. The researchers were able to show that an intervention that boosted the activity of a certain gene in rats was effective at reducing their levels of one particular tumour in a particular kind of cancer – one that was previously shown to not only cause cancer

Posted by David Bates on 19th June 2020