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Lemon Grass Tea
Lemon Grass - 'Cymbopogon Citrates'
Native to Malaysia and India, lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a popular herb-like grass used in Southeast Asian cuisine. Lemongrass is a fragrant perennial plant that thrives in warm climates and offers a lemony flavoring to dishes.
Lemongrass is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. It is also suitable for poultry, fish, beef, and seafood. It is often used as a tea in African counties such as Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Latin American countries such as Mexico.
In 2006, a research team from the Ben Gurion University in Israel found that lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) caused apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Through in vitro studies, the researchers examined the effect of citral, a molecule found in lemon grass, on both normal and cancerous cells. Using concentrations of citral equivalent to the quantity in a cup of tea (one gram of lemon grass in hot water), the researchers observed that citral induces programmed cell death in the cancerous cells, while the normal cells were left unharmed.